Before you answer my question, let’s define both “identity” and “reputation”.
Identity: is how you see yourself.
Reputation: is how others see you.
Now, back to the question: What do you think is more important for a leader – Identity or Reputation?
Pick one before you read ahead or watch this video clip.
Here are some interesting facts regarding identity and reputation:
- Self-awareness is inflated and inaccurate.
- Self-ratings of performance underestimate our capabilities.
- Less predictive of career success than feedback from others.
- Other-awareness is variable and biased.
- Based on what others think I do or say.
- More predictive of future performance than self-ratings.
So, what’s more important? The answer to my opening question is Reputation.
That may seem counterintuitive. Executive presence is defined by reputation, NOT self-identity. Let me explain this with a short video.
P.S. What do you think is more important for a leader – Identity or Reputation? Reply to this email. I would love to know your thoughts on it.
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