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What is Self-Leadership?

What is Self-Leadership?


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What is Self-Leadership?

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  1. Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and actions towards your objective/s.
  2. Being a Self-leader is to serve as chief, captain, or CEO of one's own life.
  3. It is also about setting a goal and taking full responsibility for that goal.
  4. Self-leadership (a.k.a Personal Mastery ) is the answer to how do we develop ourselves to survive and thrive in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous world.
  5. Self-leadership is the Critical Success Factor for individual and organizational success.


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Lao tzu

"Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power."


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"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."


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What is Self Leadership?

  1. Self-leadership is about constantly developing the 'inner game' (mindset) and the ‘outer game’ (action).
  2. The inner game consists of Intention, Self-awareness, Self-confidence, and Self-efficacy (self-belief) to achieve Personal Mastery, whilst the outer game consists of influence and impact.


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Bryant, Kazan 2012

"Self-leadership is having a developed sense of who you are, what you can do, where you are going coupled with the ability to influence your communication, emotions and behavior on the way to getting there."


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Peter Senge

"Organizations learn only through individuals who learn. Individual learning does not guarantee organizational learning. But without it, no organizational learning occurs."


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How to Build Self-leadership

  1. Intention (having a 'why') precedes any purposeful action (behavior). Actions have impact which the self-leader evaluates via feedback.
  2. Self-awareness  is about knowing your intentions and values, as well as knowing your personality, what can ‘push your buttons’ and derail you.
  3. Self-confidence  comes from knowing your capacity and strengths. As we take action and develop skills, we become more confident.
  4. Being grounded and realistic about what you are good at, and what needs improving, this leads to true authenticity and humility.


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How to Build Self-Leadership (cont.)

  1. Self-efficacy  is the belief that whatever comes our way, we can handle it. We can take the feedback, Accept, Adjust and Advance. With self-efficacy, we can be more creative and innovative.
  2. When our inner game is good, our outer game becomes more efficient and effective through influence and impact.
  3. Influence  is the result of intentional action. Through self-awareness and self-confidence, we increase our capacity to Influence. Because we are grounded in ourselves, we can focus on others, and what is best for them.
  4. Impact is how intention and influence are measured in the world.


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