Self-Leadership (Part IV)

This is the last of four parts on ‘self-leadership’. We hope that you’ve read the first three parts. If you haven’t, we encourage you to first read those parts and then continue with this part. There are many good leaders, but great leaders are also great self-leaders. To be a great leader calls for great self-discipline in every thought, emotion or action. It is difficult to master the art or self-leadership without discipline.

Here we go with the final part on self-leadership:

1. Objective: While taking decisions always be objective. Ensure that you have all the facts in front of you. Don’t be hasty and never jump to conclusions. A decision made with a cool head is often better than when you are angry or very happy.

2. Initiative: Volunteer to be first, every time. Don’t hesitate to take responsibility. Like the old saying “A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Be brave, be daring, be bold and be fearless. Be willing & ready to fall down, fail and rise again for another round. Starting with uncertainty, following through without fear of failing and having courage of conviction has this amazing way of making us stronger as a person when all is done.

3. Have no regrets: If you can do this, you are on your way to becoming a better self-leader. Having no regrets doesn’t mean that you take things for granted. It means that you’ve accepted responsibility and have learnt from your past mistakes. This will make you stronger as a person. Have no regrets, but don’t fail to lose sight of the goal you seek to accomplish.

4. Appreciate: Learn to appreciate everything around you. Appreciate the fact that you are alive and have the will power to follow through your dreams. Appreciate the good things; learn to see the good in other people. Everyone no matter how bad we feel they are, have something that is inherently good about them.

5. Be Assertive: Assertiveness is an important trait for every leader. You need to be assertive at all times. Be assertive in everything you say or do. There is a fine line between being assertive and being aggressive. It is OK to have difference of opinions in a team. Being assertive means you respect others’ opinions, thoughts or ideas. It means that you seek common ground, a ‘win-win’ situation. An assertive leader is one who learns to accept personal differences and puts the best interest of the team ahead of their own personal opinions, thoughts or ideas.

With that we come to the end of the four part series on ‘self-leadership’. We hope that you found it useful. Practice what you have learnt and it will do you a world of good.

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Self-Leadership (Part III)

This is the third of four parts on ‘self-leadership’. We hope that you’ve read the first two parts. If you haven’t, we encourage you to first read it and then continue with this part.

The following is an inspirational extract from the movie Rocky Balboa (2006) in which he tells his son: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!”

This is so true and very inspiring. Being a ‘self-leader’ means that you are brave enough to face challenges head-on, saying “bring it on, give it all you got”. It doesn’t mean that you are not scared, it is OK to be sacred, but don’t let the fear stop you from not trying. Try, get beaten. So what get right back up and say you’re ready for another round. Don’t give up….easily.

Here are the next 5 points on self-leadership. We hope you will enjoy reading it and most importantly, implement it!

1. Be flexible: Learn to be flexible, nothing is certain. There is always the 11th hour notice. Learning to be flexible helps you to deal with change effectively. Every leader needs to be flexible. It is not possible to achieve greatness unless you are flexible.

2. Learn: Learn and keep learning. There is no ‘period’ when it comes to learning. No one can safely say that they know everything there is to know. Learn to love learning! When you learn, you have a something that is more valuable than money. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. Knowledge is the key to success; it gives you a competitive edge and will never fail you. Learn! Learn! Learn!

3. Genuinely Care: genuinely care for your own well being, when you learn to do this, it becomes easier to do so with others. By being genuinely caring doesn’t mean that you become a door mat for others to walk on. It means that you respect their feelings, thoughts and emotions. This is not some fuzzy concept and it is often less discussed. In reality, when you genuinely care about yourself and your team it reflects in every action and decision that you take.

4. Integrity: An important ingredient for every great leader is personal integrity. Having integrity means that you are an honest, reliable and trustworthy person. Be honest in everything that you say and do. Be transparent and don’t try to hide or conceal any fact, be truthful. Even if you have made a mistake, no matter how small, accept responsibility for it and move on. Integrity is a trait that speaks for itself and it reflects in all your actions and decisions. To be ethical is to do the right thing, always. It is the hallmark of every great organization.

5. Optimist: always have a ‘Positive Mental Attitude’ (PMA). Be optimistic and stem pessimism at the root. Don’t encourage people who are pessimistic in your team, they spread uneasiness and wreck team spirit. And always look at the sunny side, there is hope. You have not failed, until you’ve decided that you have failed. Have a ‘never say die’ attitude.

We hope you have enjoyed reading the third part on self-leadership. Feel free to leave us a note in the comments section.

Self-Leadership (Part II)

As promised, this is the second of four parts on ‘self-leadership’. We hope that you’ve read the first part already, if you haven’t we encourage you to first read it and then continue with this part.

Self-leaders are inspirational. They lead with conviction; they are full of zest for life. They lead with such style that it is difficult for their enthusiasm to not rub off on you.

Here we go with the next five points:

1. Change Catalyst: Be a catalyst for change. Nothing in today’s world is constant. In fact, the only thing that is constant is ‘change’. Unless we are ready to change ourselves, in the way we think and act, it is going to be difficult to be a change catalyst. Learn to be a champion of change. If we don’t adapt, competition will eat in to us. Be a champion of change!

2. Ask questions: Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions. There is nothing wrong in asking questions when you are unsure. A good leader knows that in order to execute a task successfully, you will have questions that need answers. You are bound to get lost if you don’t know where you are headed!

3. Ideation: is a creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas. Learn to love new ideas, don’t fear to experiment. Never discourage anyone when they have a new idea; encourage them. The wonderful aspect about an idea is that it helps you to look at something routine and turn it into something remarkable.

4. Believe: Belief is crucial. Believe not only in your own capabilities, but in others as well. Believing that you will succeed is half the battle won. Believe and don’t lose confidence. Perseverance is the key.

5. Build Trust: Learn to trust and be trustworthy. Trust is established over time. The thing about trust is that once it is broken, it can take a very long time to re-establish. Be trustworthy, people should be able to trust you, only then can you expect them to follow you.

We hope you have enjoyed reading the second part on self-leadership. Feel free to leave us a note in the comments section.

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