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Self Leadership – What does it really mean?

Leadership (As defined by Wikipedia) 
Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task“.[1] For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others, while others define leadership as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal“.
You can see that it may be based on ones personal belief on what leadership means to them.
Self (As defined by Wikipedia)Key to Leadership
The self is the subject of one’s own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts. In phenomenology, it is conceived as what experiences, and there isn’t any experiencing without an experiencer, the self. The self is therefore an “immediate given”, an intrinsic dimension of the fact of experiencing phenomena. In some other trends of philosophy, the self is instead seen as requiring a reflexive perception of oneself, the individual person, meaning the self in such a view is an object of consciousness.
This seems very deep. In short, “me, myself and all that is I”.
Self Leadership (Bryant & Kazan 2012)
Self-leadership definition: Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and behaviors to achieve your objective/s. 
This is the beginning of leadership. Self Leadership shows others who you are and if you are the type of person they want to follow.
Self Leadership is something that I am interested in and am working on personally. I think that we all would love to say we are great at the intentionality of our actions, but may fall short in some way or another.
It can be difficult to be consistently perfect in our thinking, feelings and behaviours. We do have a conscious choice but can be affected by the outside world. If I desire to have a strong business, many happy clients, be financially sound and whatever else, then I always have specifics to work towards. If I don’t have this clarity, how do I know where to come back to when I feel off?
Some of the things that can take me off track are;
  • Other peoples agendas
  • Disorganization
  • Difficulties with decisions
  • Poor time management
  • Lacking systems
  • Procrastination
  • Social Media
  • Inbox
  • Family stuff (you know what I mean…)
The list is endless and I am sure that you could easily add to it.
I want to tell you that just because you get derailed occasionally, it doesn’t make you a bad person, a lousy business owner or destined to never get it together. This is all about working smarter!
Previously, I spoke on how to get control of your time and energy in a physical sense by setting up systems, prioritizing, client management, clearing up the clutter and managing your time. This is internal, the thing that drives you from the inside to get what you want.
Self Leadership starts on the inside, your “SELF”. Having a clear understanding of who you are and what you want is the starting point to successfully Self Lead. This is the stuff that ENERGIZES me the most!
If this is something that you are interested in please send me an email or comment below, and tell me where you are as a Self Leader. I am interested in who you are and helping you get what YOU desire from your life and business.
Warmly,
Tam

p.s. For women near Montreal West Island interested in a presentation on The Productive Leader, I will be speaking December 1 at the MiB Coffee Connections. If you would like to come please contact Shari Reinhart, who runs a great Women’s Networking Group at <mibnetwork@hotmail.com> before the spaces are full. Hope to see you there!

 

 

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