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The first time I aspired to be a leader was when I didn’t see anyone on TV who looked like me. The next time I vowed to be a good leader was when I worked for managers who made me feel limited, unhappy, and micromanaged. And what helped me want to be a humble leader was when I observed the leaders I respect walk their talk with humility, integrity, and effectiveness.

Today, in the midst of COVID-19 I see leaders act, and react, from their egos. While I see others act with grace and empathy. These competing leadership styles have made me reflect on how we always have a choice when it comes to the type of leader we want to be.

With new graduates entering the workforce while unemployment rises, and everyone re-adjusting how we work, parent, and live, “How can we make sense of the good, the bad, and the ugly?”
Here are my thoughts:

While reading and hearing about poor leadership styles is disheartening, I hope these case studies help fuel the next generation to want to become better leaders. And I hope we come through this period with more companies that are community, culture, and people driven.

I hope COVID-19 reminds us why we need more leaders who are collaborative, creative, communicative, and empathetic.

Working under bad leadership, and a lack of representation, paved the way for me to define and strive for the type of leader I want to be. Becoming self-aware and making the decision to adapt is a personal one. It’s a decision only you can make.

Ask yourself, “What changes can I make, right now, in response to the good, the bad, and the ugly that is challenging or frustrating me?”

With love,

Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox

About the Author

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Monica H. Kang

Monica H. Kang, Founder, and CEO of InnovatorsBox® and Author of Rethink Creativity is transforming today’s workforce through the power of creativity. She helps companies rethink culture, leadership, and team development by making creativity practical and relatable regardless of industry or job title. She has worked with clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education, government, and nonprofits. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.

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