Self Leadership Neil Griffin

What is Self Leadership?

Let us start with this when thinking about Self Leadership…

How can you expect to lead others if you yourself are not in a good place?

The ability to assume personal responsibility for one’s own thoughts, feelings, and actions in order to attain a desired outcome is referred to as self-leadership. It is a necessary ability for everyone seeking personal and professional success, as well as for corporate success.

The first link in this success chain is our THINKING, which generates and drives our EMOTIONAL state. What we think about effects how we feel. These feelings influence and drive our behaviour, resulting in ACTIONS that form repeated habits. Our patterns of action impact the nature and quality of the RESULTS that we obtain.

Whatever the economic climate, leaders need to think in ways that give them the results they seek and help others to do the same.

We are living in a time when it is more important than ever for everyone, but especially LEADERS, to practise success-based psychology. We rarely have perfect control over all of the conditions we find ourselves in as humans. Nonetheless, in my opinion, we all have far more control than we may believe over what we think about and how we choose to think about it in these circumstances.

Thinking cycle Mindspan

Once an individual has clear thinking, the next crucial step in self leadership is to set clear goals and objectives. This requires the ability to recognise what is important and to take the necessary steps to achieve it. It also necessitates the ability to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively.

Did you know that we become sidetracked every 6 minutes on average and it takes us 20 minutes to get back on track? It’s no surprise that we never get anything done.

Another important aspect of self leadership is the ability to stay focused and motivated. This requires the ability to maintain a positive attitude in the face of challenges or setbacks. It also includes the ability to deal with stress, which may be a major roadblock to success.

The reason for this is that the human brain operates on a teleological basis. In other words, the way it works is very end-oriented and goal-oriented. It wishes to complete the task at hand. It does not, however, distinguish between a do and a don’t. What your mind focuses on, whether success or loss, is what you will ultimately gravitate towards. It’s like a heat-seeking missile clinging to its target with tenacity.

There are three ways that we can think and focus on any given set of circumstances: –

  1. Focusing on failing – focusing on the inevitably of failure/that it will go wrong
  2. Focusing on not failing – focusing every best effort on not messing things up
  3. Focusing on succeeding – focusing on what you/we want to achieve and having a positive expectancy that you/we can do it

Successful leaders, or indeed any high performer will consistently have their psychology at number three!

Effective communication is another important aspect of self leadership. This includes being able to clearly and effectively communicate with others, both verbally and in writing. It also involves being able to listen actively and understand the perspectives of others.

Continuous learning and progress are required for self leadership. This includes being open to feedback and eager to make changes to improve as a leader. It also entails taking cautious risks and learning from mistakes.

Self leadership can be tremendously advantageous to business founders and executives. They may become more effective leaders, make better decisions, and ultimately create greater results for their organisations by honing these talents. They can also strengthen their relationships with coworkers and clients, which can be important to a company’s success.

Self leadership is a continuous process that requires time, effort, rigour, routine, and dedication to build the abilities required to become a good self-leader. The benefits of self leadership, on the other hand, are well worth the effort. Individuals can achieve greater success in their personal and professional life by acquiring the ability to lead themselves.

To be able to lead others successfully, leaders need to first be able to ‘lead’ themselves, to be even more effective, and to make the maximum use of the personal resources they have available. The golden key to unlocking this is… their THINKING!

These are ten key questions that when answered honestly can give leaders clarity about areas of personal thinking improvement…

1. Is your thinking effective for what you want to achieve in the current climate?

2. What do you think of yourself – do you have the self-image of a top-performing leader? 

3. Does your consistent focus create inspiration within you to meet the challenge?

4. Do you have a strong purpose and a clear mental picture of where you want to lead people and the organisation to?

5. Have you set engaging goals for yourself and the organisation that you positively think about daily?

6. Do you take full responsibility for leading and the decisions you need to make?

7. Do you use success-based language (your language is the ‘shop window’ to your thinking) that inspires those around you?

8. Do you regularly visualise your success?

9. Do you think in ways that manage your emotional state effectively?

10. Do you understand those that you lead and how well are you influencing their psychology?

For leaders, there is high value in regularly reflecting on these questions to ensure they use them as the catalyst for peak leadership performance and driving teams and organisations successfully through recession!

I will leave you with this….

What is it in YOUR THINKING that is contributing to YOUR own particular level of success?

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