3 steps to develop your self-leadership
Self-Leadership is a vital and invaluable skill. Here are 3 steps to develop your own self-leadership and let it drive you to the top.
Self-leadership is about taking charge of yourself to make the most effective impact and be your most resourceful self. This means that you are able to firmly influence yourself (and therefore others) to achieve your objectives.
Self-leadership impacts all areas of your life, including your career, relationships, health and well-being. Enhanced self-leadership skills are important in a world beset by ambiguity and uncertainty, where the ability to navigate an uncertain world is vital.
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3 Steps to Self-Leadership
Self-leadership is about having a vision and understanding of your key core values. It’s about insight into your negative triggers and knowing how you self-sabotage with toxic thoughts. These are your inner negative self-doubts, sometimes called your “inner critic” that hold you back. They are the small voice or voices that keep you in your comfort zone and block you moving forward. They are perhaps a critical voice from an earlier stage in your life which resonates like this:
- Why do you always……??
- You’re such a …. Dope/idiot/slouch
They can also be around simple language choice. These indirect thoughts which seem less strident also serve to limit your thinking in much the same way. When your thoughts are limited your actions will be too.
- I was only…
- Unfortunately I…..
- I’m not very
- I am just
But to reach that point of self-awareness you need to understand your own values, vision and purpose.
Self-leadership is rooted in knowing your strengths and weaknesses, as well as understanding what you do well. When you know what you do well, you will also know what you do not excel at. This gives you the ability to delegate, accept feedback and listen attentively to ask the right questions. You are confident enough to own and share what you don’t know.
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3. Belief in self
Belief in self gives an understanding that whatever comes your way, you can handle it. It makes you innovative, creative and less risk averse. Without self-belief we lose confidence; we fear making mistakes and become over-cautious. We may micro-manage others or be unwilling or slow to take decisions.
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When we have this in hand we can measure our impact and build a path to personal and career success. Self-belief is at the root of self-confidence.
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