During my college football career, we had something called 5:00 a.m. workouts, and these workouts involved a grueling regimen of floor exercises that involved jumping over obstacles, insane plyometric stretching and cardio exercises that pushed you to the limit. At the end of the day, you knew you would be exhausted and that you had to leave everything on the floor in order to compete and experience any type of success. Success was there for the taking, but one thing had to be present in order to move forward on that path to success…self-leadership.
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Self-leadership is described as the internal motivation to see a path to a given goal and demonstrate the internal fortitude to take the necessary actions to achieve that goal. A leader’s ability to engage self-leadership can take an organization to great heights, whereas poor self-leadership can result in an epic failure within an organization. Whether you are a leader or a follower, whether you are leading someone or you have to dig deep and lead yourself, everything rises and falls with leadership.
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Lets be clear, talent alone is not enough to ensure the success of a team when self-leadership is present. Five cognitive factors must be present if an individual is going to be successful and ultimately help the organization reap the benefits:
- Becoming aware of human needs.
- Mobilizing visions and dreams of possibilities.
- Making choices.
- Setting goals.
- The ability to make plans.
The Process of Leadership
Leadership is a process, and not something that is gained overnight, but when we see these five factors present, amazing things can take place. Leaders who engage self-leadership learn from their mistakes and the mistakes of others, while relying upon resilience which allows him or her to bounce back from a setback, and use the learning experience as a motivator to keep striving for better.
The good news is that each of us can learn the necessary skills to engage self- leadership. Do something today to invest in the leader inside of you. As a result, you will be making a difference in the lives of those who will follow you.
Point of Clarity Quote:
“The first and best victory is to conquer self.”