Plato, a renowned philosopher in classical Greece once said, “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories”. One of the world’s renowned leaders of the 21st Century John C. Maxwell said, “Learning to lead yourself well is one of the most important things you’ll ever do as a leader”. Hence, it is no news that before anyone can attempt to lead others, he must be doing a good job at leading himself.
It is often easier to tell people what to do and how to go about it, but it requires discipline and commitment to carryout the same instruction even when we know the benefits of carrying out such intruction. In our world today, focus is much more valued than a high IQ, and it requirs personal leadership to remain focused in life.
I must confess that for me, writting this post is a step to strengthen my personal leadership. I have been putting aside this task of blogging for a while now. As a leadership coach, I would be deceiving myself if I am not living the principles of leadership. The steps taken to strengthen my personal leadership is the the reason why you re reading this post today. Really, whats the use of a good song that remains unsung?
If you must remain relevant in our world and make a difference, then you must build on your personal leadership skills. By doing a good job at leading yourself, you will do a great job at leading a team.
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” (http://www.selfgrowth.com
Some of the benefits of personal leadership includes personal effectiveness, productivity, focus, confidence etc.
my aim for writing this post is to share four pillars required for you to gain and strengthen personal leadership.
- Vision: Vision is the future in pictures. Dr Myles Munroe in his book The Power of Character in Leadership said. Vision influences your entire life, including your priorities – how you use your time, what you spend your money on, what opportunities you act upon, and so forth. Vision keeps you focused, it gives you a reason to stay on track.
- Values: Values are ideals or standards that determines your conducts or policies. When a leader has values, he doesnt permit external laws to govern his life. A great vision require strong values to bring them to reality. Personal leadership is built on strong values.
- Set high standards: Raising the bar here has to do with demanding more form your self, small dreams dont require much from small minds, but a leader who is out to make a remarkable impact in life must set high standards for himself. These standards challenges you to live up to the full potential on your inside, high standards dare you to leave your comfortzone, they fuel your drive for extraordinary results.
- Self-discipline: “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle. Gary Keller said, “Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” Ronie Mathew Thomas said, Life without discipline is like a ship without a rudder.
I will like to conclude with the words of Mike Myatt, “The best way to inspire others is to challenge yourself to become a better leader and succeed.” What is that thing that you are meant to be a great leader at? build your personal leadership so that you can also challenge others to do same. A year from now you may wish you had started today.
What are some of the things you consider as pillars for personal leadership? I will like to hear from you, please share them in the comments below.