You Hold the Pen

Michael Piperno
1 min readOct 9, 2023

Leadership is a journey. It’s not something that happens overnight — and there’s no “right way” to create a leadership style that is effective and that feels authentic.

Every personal leadership journey is a vibrant thread, weaving its unique story. Regardless of where you find yourself in your journey, remember this fundamental truth: you hold the pen to your story.

Every challenge you faced, every triumph you celebrated — they are all part of your unique narrative. Acknowledge your journey, with all its ups and downs. Your experiences have shaped your perspectives, giving you the wisdom to lead with empathy and understanding.

Your personal journey is unique, and that authenticity is your greatest asset. Authentic leaders inspire trust and loyalty. When you embrace your personal story, including its vulnerabilities and successes, you connect with others on a deeper level. Your authenticity becomes a beacon, guiding others to embrace their journeys too. Remember, true leadership is not about being flawless; it’s about being genuine.

And finally, remember that your journey is a constant narrative that continues to unfold. Embrace it. And don’t forget that you hold the pen.

Wield it with intention. Write the next chapter of your story with courage, and share it with others. It will empower them to embrace their journeys fearlessly.

That’s a true gift.

Originally published at on October 9, 2023.



Michael Piperno

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