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It’s a shame we don’t come with a user manual at birth. If we did, it would be much easier to make better decisions, own up to our mistakes, be honest with ourselves and others, and present ourselves as optimal versions of ourselves, basically to lead us to success in our relationships and careers. The irony is that we struggle to be our best while hoping to lead others to become theirs. But our businesses and personal lives depend on us being skilled self-leaders above all else.
What is a self-leader?
Being an empowered leader involves owning and dissecting the stories you tell yourself. In today’s hyper-social world, it can be very easy to create a version of ourselves that isn’t true. We can do this to promote positivity, but if we are not truly positive people, acting on our positive belief systems, this conflict will eat away at us and our businesses and relationships will suffer. The solution to this is self-awareness, which is essentially self-management. How we consciously choose to be heard or give and receive feedback is the first step to excellence in self-leadership.
Why autonomy is important
When we are proactive and thoughtful, the toxicity that can erode relationships, undermine teamwork, and damage corporate culture is eradicated. Modeling effective communication, which begins with our personal reflection on our business goals, our interpersonal desires, and our past and current failures and successes, leads to a culture of that same communication and the promotion of problem-solving initiatives. successes that are an integral part of growth. .
Just as it’s impossible to lead others successfully if you don’t lead yourself in that direction first, your executives must be equally strong autonomous leaders if they want to lead their teams to similar success. It’s easy to see how self-leadership through the chain of command is integral to an organization’s success. When autonomy extends to entry-level positions, whether it’s in your company or just in case your five-year-old picks up those same habits at home, everyone involved reaches their potential at a faster rate. fast, and the organization, whether business or family, inevitably flourishes.
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Ways to Cultivate Self-Reliance
Be self-aware, humble and committed. Practice self-reflection to assess how you have contributed to a situation and commit to responding with the best of yourself. Understand how you affect your peers and shared team results. Your attitude and your efforts matter.
Be responsible for cultural understanding. Each team member should know how they support the company’s mission, so take responsibility for how you contribute to it. Be curious and ask questions, as this fuels inclusivity, proactivity and creativity.
Initiate. Don’t wait to be told what to do or expect other people to solve problems for you. Raise your hand and volunteer. Make suggestions for improvement. Never settle for mediocrity.
Be responsible. Own your attitude, your efforts and your mistakes. Avoid complaining and blaming; instead, ask yourself what you can do to make things better.
Keep your feet on the ground. Provide direct, timely, and thoughtful feedback to help others perform at their best. Ask others to reciprocate.
Be brave. Share your ideas, support each other and ask for help when you need it. Be okay with failure, acknowledging that we are all learning more about how to be successful every day.
Take care. Nobody knows you better than you. Take responsibility for your health, happiness, and attitude. Have honest conversations with your manager about your overall well-being. Remember that self-care is a discipline, not a luxury.
The best leaders lead by example. They know that autonomy is essential to success. When you understand who you are and take responsibility for how you present yourself, you’ll make better decisions and build stronger relationships. People are more likely to respect and trust you and will be inspired to follow your lead.
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