Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.” — Benjamin Disraeli
Most people work from the outside in. They focus on the external environment, and thus, would take people out of the slums in hopes to improve their lives.
Conversely, as a true leader, you work from the inside out. You focus on the person, and thus, take the slums out of the people and empower them to take themselves out of the slum — so they can improve their own lives.
Most people focus on behavior. True leadership focuses on human nature.
As a leader, you know a person’s environment and behaviors are merely a reflection of them. If you change the person, they’ll change their own environment to match their new values and identity.
As you show up as a leader and establish and exemplify a new standard of excellence, your environment immediately changes to match your internal reality. You create an environment that reinforces what you’re trying to accomplish, making your success automatic.