The hardest part about leadership is the fact that you’re leading a group of people. Different people, not clones of each other.
Each person has different personalities, dreams, hopes, fears, and different lives. While this diversity of human experience leads to innovation and creativity, it also means that you have to consider the individual context of the people you’re trying to lead as well as their individual relationships with you and each other.
The more you really see and really hear those you seek to lead, the more effective you’ll be. And it’s hard to listen and see others when you’re focused on talking and looking at your own contributions.