All of us are prone to believing our own legend—and each of us must be aware of the shadow we cast. Carl Jung described the concept of The Persona and The Shadow—our public face (show) versus the portion of ourselves we wish to hide.
You have a responsibility to avoid Napoleon’s fate—for yourself and your team. Be aware of your shadow and develop your ability to cast light in your environment. Better yet, find people in your life you can trust to provide honest feedback and help you manage your shadow. Shadow-managers point you back to the light and stoke your fire to burn brighter. Be true to yourself and your integrity, it’s simpler than you think. Avoid the trap of believing in your own legend. Waterloo awaits those who fail in this pursuit!
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