Leadership in the 20th century, Leaders of 21st century … Leaders and Leadership, what an amazing subject!!
A lot of 360 Assessments, millions of articles, hundreds of training courses, Webinars, Leadership Development Programs, Couching for Leaders, Universities classes, MBA programs, Leadership Professors and Professionals, Trainers and facilitators, Key Note Speakers, Couches, some millions of them are trying to persuade and explain all about Leaders , Leadership in business, meaning of Leadership.
What should be the foundation of all of them? What is the common dominator of Business Leadership, Team Leadership, and Strategic Leadership?
Personal or Self Leadership is the answer. A great connection between all of them and the basis of the Leadership structure.
The first step in becoming a leader of repute of other people is to be able to demonstrate that you can lead your most important follower. You!
Personal Leadership is the ability to direct your own life and to lead yourself in the direction that you would like for your life to take. It is the ability to define what you want out of life and how you are going to get there. Personal leadership is a way to lead you from the inside out and apply proven business skills to get more out of life.
Self Leadership definitions:
The practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and behaviors to achieve your objective/s, Bryant & Kazan.
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 behaviors on the way to getting there, Andrew Bryant.
Personal Leadership is the process of keeping your vision and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them, Stephen Covey.
Is the self-confident ability to crystallize your thinking and establish an exact direction for your own life, to commit yourself to moving in that direction, and then to take determined action to acquire, accomplish, or become whatever you identify as the ultimate goal in your life, Joel Farcht.
According to Bill Butler, personal leadership extracts your potential and polishes it.
In fact, Peter Drucker said personal leadership is “the only leadership that’s going to matter in the 21st century.”
In practice Self Leadership is the process by which you influence yourself to achieve your objectives. It’s a puzzle of Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, Skills, and Behaviors.
Personal leadership means leading, directing, and taking actions. It means living each day to its fullest. It means taking the time, making the proper effort and finding the correct tools to achieve the goals that you want to achieve.
Joelle K. Jay says that personal leadership is one of your most powerful tools for achieving more meaning and creating the life we want. We can apply Business Skills to our Personal Life, we can use the same practices that businesses use to survive and thrive and evolve over time.