Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring.
Leadership means different things to different people around the world, and different things in different situations.
Personal leadership is the ability and desire to crystallize your thinking and to establish a specific direction and destination for your own life. It includes the courage, choice, and commitment to move in that direction by taking committed and determined action to acquire, accomplish, or become whatever you visualize for your future.
Building Personal Leadership
Critical to your work and personal success is building your own personal leadership. There is no substitute to learning more about yourself, acquiring knowledge and wisdom, practicing new skills, and developing more of your personal potential for greatness. Building personal leadership is absolutely essential to your long-term achievements, success, and happiness. However, what I observe is that many people are so busy that they find no time to create a brighter future for themselves.
Design, Create, and Achieve Your Ideal Life
When you decide to lead a life of action, you write your story forward. You become the director of your life. You become the artist that throws the paint on the canvas of your future.
Lead Yourself from the Inside Out
Personal leadership is the kindling within. When you fan the inner flame, you unleash what you’re capable of. Personal leadership is a smarter kind of personal growth and path of personal excellence.
What makes personal leadership different from other forms of leadership? Personal leadership is distinguished by its focus on the individual and an appreciation for who you are.
Rewarding. No matter what you do for a living, your work can be rewarding. Personal leadership offers you the chance to create true prosperity — the kind of happiness that comes not just from financial gain but also from the richness of life.
- Raising the Bar.
A focus on slowing down and thinking about oneself might seem at odds with traditional business goals of speed, profitability, and results. On the contrary, there is no correlation between success and hours worked. There is however, a strong correction between your ability to product and the joy you take in your work. Those who practice personal leadership don’t just meet expectations: they exceed them.
- You Are More Efficient and Productive.
You learn to do things the way they come naturally so you can be productive without being so busy. You learn to use your mind well. You manage your focus instead of your time, and your energy instead of your effort. The result? You achieve more with less. You experience quality work and quality time at once.
- You Feel Motivated and Inspired.
Practicing personal leadership means you not only know what you do well, you know why you’re doing it in the first place. Work isn’t just work anymore. It’s your chance to contribute your talents to people and ideas in which you believe.
- You Experience a Life of Joy and Fulfillment.
One important aspect of personal leadership is the ability to connect, not separate, the different parts of your life. You can still be committed to your work, but your commitment supports your personal life. You can still devote yourself to your personal interests, but your devotion is integrated with your work. You don’t have to trade one for the other, and so you move from distress to de-stress.
Reconnecting with your sense of self does more than enliven your work. It makes life more rewarding. You see through the well-documented myth that money alone can buy happiness. Don’t worry—you don’t have to give up the gains of success
Vision is a realistic, convincing and attractive depiction of where you want to be in the future. Vision provides direction, sets priorities, and provides a marker, so that you can tell that you’ve achieved what you wanted to achieve.
The last characteristic of great leadership is probably the hardest to actually define. What is vision? It is a bit like the old adage of “you know it when you see it” and as difficult as that is to internalize and act upon, the important of vision can’t be overstated. When you need people to do incredibly hard things, they need to be bought into the vision. How to define leadership is built upon defining what the vision is and how it impacts your workforce, your customers, the market as a whole and your potential audiences.
Trust means understanding how your employees think and what actually matters to them. Columbia professor Heidi Grant Halvorson in 99U, states, “When your team trusts you as a leader, it increases commitment to team goals. Communication improves and ideas flow more freely, increasing creativity and productivity.” Define yourself by what your intentions are for others. Are you as a leader being trustworthy? Are you acting on your promises? Are you finding ways to build trust in ways that your employees can see and experience?
Oh…and the most important thing not on this list…communication. Even the most defined leadership will not work unless you are a strong communicator and an excellent listener.
The tendency for a leader is to inspire and engage around everything that is happening. But truly great leaders dig down and get focused. Part of the definition of leadership is actually leading the implementation of ideas and initiatives. Magazine writer Peter Economy stated it simply and elegantly—leaders “establish strategies, processes, and routines so that high performance is tangible, easily defined, and monitored.”
Leadership means actually acting on what you say you’re going to do. However, that doesn’t mean actually doing it yourself. The biggest impediment to action is often ourselves. As a leader, you often have the most on your plate of anyone in your organization. And, because these initiatives are coming from a high-level, they’re no doubt priorities. Define leadership by your ability to bust through blockages (it will also help reinforce that you trust your team).
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