Introduction to Self-Leadership
It is the ability to lead yourself towards productivity, achieving set goals, maximizing and realising your fullest potential through applying yourself effectively to the “business” of life. It may extend to taking ownership and assuming leadership roles without demanding or needing a title or recognition. You could be an employee, student, employer, an ordinary citizen or a volunteer in your community; It does not matter what you do. You do not need a formal title or recognition to self – lead. Most people already practice it to some extent without realizing it.
Self-leadership is all- encompassing in that it applies to all facets of life, that is, business, relationships, marriage, career, or anything else that pertains to you. It is about becoming the best version of yourself by upholding certain values and disciplines in daily living. It also helps in becoming the,” change you want to see”. Think about the causes and things that are close to your heart that you have the ability to change in your workplace, family, community, city, nation. It could be as simple as being there for your colleagues in a time of crisis.
I am passionate about personal development, so I often find myself encouraging others to do better, to go after their dreams. Some people are born with the natural ability to self – lead and yet for others self-leadership is a discipline that can be learned. It is my belief that anyone is capable of practicing it and the principles we are going to share can be passed on to your team at work or even family members.
Self-leadership begins with self – awareness, that is knowing who you are; your strengths and weaknesses, self – acceptance, that is, accepting yourself the way you are, self – development and then self – management. Notice, that it all takes initiative to do and enables you to be more effective at the things that you already do.
Relying on others to hand-hold you and keep you on the path of progress may lead to disappointment if they don’t come through and assist you. However, once you are self-led you will grow in confidence, motivation, self – esteem and belief in your own abilities. This means great achievement, impact and guaranteed success in your undertakings. I should imagine that even your performance on the job will improve or your business will begin to grow as you intentionally set yourself on a path to self – development. In addition to this you are able to add value to and have a positive impact on others wherever you find yourself. Self-leadership leads to definite results and improved productivity. It may be the missing link in all that you do. Practice it, starting today and I will see you the top.