Know thyself

The Art of Leadership

Know thyself

The art of leadership comes from understanding yourself. If you do not understand yourself, you will find it difficult to understand other people. If you do not understand other people, how will you possibly be able to build positive relationships and manage a team?

Learning to be a leader comes from learning to understand yourself – which means taking a step back and questioning who you are, what you are and why you are here.

Unless you have this knowledge, you will always struggle in life and always struggle to lead.


Because people who never stop and question themselves and what they are doing become like sheep. They do not know which direction they should take in life and so blindly follow the herd instinct, sticking together and doing what others do.

But the problem with following the herd is that you cannot think for yourself. You do exactly the same as everyone else, even if it goes against your inner nature and the inner nature of those around you. You give up your freedom of thought, your ability to question and settle for the belief that if everyone else is doing the same, it must be OK.

But by questioning and observing the leadership of others around you and your own motivation for working, you will truly be able to understand how to lead others.

The inner laws of every human being are the same, but the way we choose to react to the world is different.

Inner laws are universal: give to a person, they will be happy. Take from a person they will be angry.

The way we choose to react to circumstances differ. One manager may be supportive and understanding, another may be critical and patronizing.

Knowing the inner laws that motivate you and other people will allow you to act in alignment and appropriately with them, such as knowing how to treat others so that you can get the most out of them.

But this can only be achieved by questioning, analyzing and drawing your own conclusions. Blindly following the management skills of your predecessors without questioning or knowing the inner laws of human nature will lead to unnecessary battles – both with your team and within yourself.

So take some time out now and again to think about your own inner nature. Get to know yourself and you will get to know and understand others.


Disillusioned with his life and career, Toby Maguire left his career in the City of London in 1997 and moved to Thailand to study meditation, Eastern philosophy and Chinese medicine. 

After 7 years, he then began to work in Health and Wellness resorts worldwide, sharing his knowledge and helping thousands of people overcome stress, anxiety and depression and discover a new, more meaningful life ahead of them.

His contributions to the health and wellness industry have been featured in the Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Forbes Magazine and the Huffington Post and his clients have included Formula One racing drivers, Olympic athletes and Hollywood actors.

In you are looking to change yourself, your career or any aspect of your life, then let me help you on your journey.

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