Over the years, as an HR Director and as an Executive Coach, I have been privileged to work with many leaders – both experienced and emerging leaders. Following on from my e-book ‘Don’t chase success, let success chase you’ I have reflected further on what elements stand out for me in relation to personal leadership and have developed the framework above.
Not everyone sees themselves as a leader. They assume that a leader is someone at the helm, setting the direction ahead, navigating the waters as they ebb and flow and engaging a team to work together as they set sail. In my experience, this is the essence of leadership.
However, I have also met and worked with many individuals without a leadership role or title who display all the qualities of great leadership, great personal leadership. They are leading their life, setting the direction of where they want to go, navigating the ups and downs life throws at them and engaging others to support in their purpose.
If you are parent, have influence over others and are in control of your life – you are leader. You, and only, you are responsible for your life; the choices you take and the decisions you make.
I believe personal leadership is about taking responsibility for your life and discovering and realising your potential to be the best YOU you can be through:
- achieving clarity
- developing curiosity about yourself and others
- being committed
- discovering your creativity
- having a mindset of courage
- honing your compassion
- communicating effectively
- adapting to change
Unlike much of the literature that is written about leadership and personal leadership, I offer a different perspective – that personal leadership is also a way of being. Being clear, curious, creative, compassionate, communicative and being willing to change will, in my experience, support your personal growth to achieve what you want for yourself and your business. Additionally, it will require courage and commitment to develop your personal leadership.
When we are young, we dream about who we want to become when we are older. We believe in all possibilities. As we grow, we gain new experiences and insights and we develop new beliefs, some of which are limiting for our potential. Similarly, we create many assumptions along our life’s journey. When we reach an impasse or become unclear about what we want, it is often our assumptions that can block new insights as to what is possible.
Personal leadership development is an ongoing process of self-discovery, application and discovering new ways to achieve for yourself and others by breaking through your own assumptions, which may be untrue, yet lived as true.
As written by an Anglican Bishop found in the crypts of Westminster Abbey in, 1100 AD:
“When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.
But, it too, seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed my self first, then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.”
Through this online platform, my intention is to stimulate your thinking about your personal leadership, to support and encourage you to achieve what you want for yourself and others.
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