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Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge by Becky Blalock

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Chapter Two

Dare to Know Yourself

Develop Self-Assurance by Identifying Your Weaknesses

Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

Ann Landers

Successful executive leaders are self-aware. It's almost impossible to dare, and certainly impossible to lead, without knowing who you are. Clearly defining your vision and values on a regular basis is the first step toward that strong sense of self. But you also need to know where you fit in that vision, and that requires a clear and calm appraisal of your own strengths and weaknesses.

Susan Grant is the executive vice president of CNN News Services, a division of CNN Worldwide, and one of the strongest leaders I have ever met. Under Susan's stewardship, ...

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