I am reading a very good book right now called the “Intangiles of Leadership”. The author who is a professional coach for top CEO’s and other leaders has studied successful leaders for years and has a list of 10 “intangible character traits” of every great leader. One of them is the ability to know accurately and honestly what their weak areas in their life are. The author said most think they do good in this area, but the fact is most are terrible at seeing their own flaws even when those flaws cause major conflict in their lives, even when everyone around them can see the flaws easily. The author said the only people who do this well are the ones who have proactively and diligently sought to learn the skill and discipline of reflection and self examination. Anybody can learn the skill, but most choose not to because they are more comfortable being naive about their weaknesses. I don’t like the idea that I have a flaw in my character that I am unaware of. Sounds sort of like preaching before a large audience with my zipper down and not knowing it. I am going to work on this skill and find some friends who will help me.