What we often perceive we want professionally may not actually be the case. Leaders and mentors have a powerful ability to create environments that help test that perception up front. Those opportunities illuminate or affirm the kind of path we actually want. Great leaders don’t stop there, making the back side of decisions opportunity for responsiveness. In other words, instead of dragging oneself down, clinging to past identities, or even just growing in the place they are, great leaders light us up to see leaps far outside our vision and even world!