All leaders bring unique characteristics and histories with them on the rise to the top. Like you and me, they’re human. Sometimes, though they want to forget or hide parts of their past, of themselves–the parts they find embarrassing or unbefitting their current position. The more they try to hide or forget, the more potential there is for damage–to themselves and, perhaps, others. The more they bottle up, the farther the cork flies and liquid spills.
Rather than having an “I am who I am, and I’m never going to change!” explosion, let the crazy out just a little bit at a time. It honors the shadow side of yourself, yet prevents aberrant behaviors from showing up at the wrong times.
We’re all capable of change and growth. Still, by keeping some of that craziness with you throughout the change, the beautifully unique you will remain.