I’ve talked to 2 different people about this in the last couple days.
Both of them highly successful, highly respected.
One felt self-leadership was one of their strengths, the other felt it was one of their weaknesses.
So what it is?
The dry definition is: Having a developed sense of who you are, what you can do, where you are going PLUS the ability to influence your communication, emotions and behaviors on the way to getting there.
Let’s zero in on the 2nd half, the part of influencing our own behavior to get what we want.
This ability falls on a spectrum.
Zero self-leadership means I get nothing done unless it captures my attention. I achieve goals by massive, temporary immersion.
High self-leadership means I coach myself to take relentless, consistent action every day, even when I don’t feel like it, PLUS I’m able to take massive action whenever necessary to achieve my goals.
99% of us fall somewhere in the middle.
I’m very good at ritual and routine, so relentless, consistent action comes easier to me.
I’m a creature of habit (as evidenced by my Starbucks routines, for which my co-hosts mocks me relentlessly).
But just being aware that self-leadership is something I can develop is super helpful.
I can move higher up that spectrum of self-leadership as I improve my ability to take massive action.
So I can also actively look for opportunities that require massive action, and dive into them, knowing how it fits into the bigger picture of self-development.