"Leadership is doing what
is right when no one is watching." ~ George Van Valkenburg
Self-leadership is an extensive
set of strategies focused on the behaviors,
thoughts, and feelings that you
use to exert influence over yourself.
To lead yourself, create an
vision and set
goals for your life.
Visualize a life that is exactly as you want it. When you see your goal
in your mind, you engage the power of your
subconscious mind that will help you build
winning habits and bring
your dream to life.
Now, take initiative and
And remember, there is no
learning SWOT questions and restart wiser.
Fail small to
about it. If you stop
learning, you stop creating history and become history.
"Set goals for your life; not just for your
job. What we think of as “meaning of life” goals affect your lifestyle
outside of work too, and you get whole-life context, not just work-life,
each feeding off the other." ~ Rosa Say,
the author of
12 Rules for Self-Leadership
don't create followers. They create more leaders."
~ Tom Peters
lead by example
and help your people develop into leaders themselves.
them. Be a
coach for your people.
Don't assume you know it all. Seek
ideas from all
empathic and compassionate, and people will choose you to lead them.
"You don't need all the
glory. If you let others take the credit,
it makes them feel like they're part of something special."
~ Ralph Roberts
How to get things done when you are not the
boss and telling
others what to do is ineffective? Lead laterally, help people around you
more and thrive. Invite colleagues to work with you to
solve problems creatively,
and achieve a common goal.
"Don't try to provide a
solution to every
problem. They key is to improve the process of working together. Start the
habit of everyone working to improve collaborative methods. Solutions are
not the answer. The answer is a better process for finding solutions,"
advises Roger Fisher, the author of
"Leadership is the art of
getting someone else to do something you want done
because he wants to do it."
~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leading-up is about leading your boos,
helping your supervisor to see the right goal and find the right path before
too late. Once
your boss knows that you
bring judgement and get results, the way is clear for you to lead your boss.
But your boss must want it and you must be able to deliver it. "Leading up
requires an ability to work in two directions at once, of both stepping into
the breach and listening to those below you before you step off a cliff
Above all, upward leadership requires the conscious subordination of
personal gain to organisational purpose.
Leading the boss is therefore about helping the organisation to achieve its
mission regardless of the personal costs or benefits.
Upward leadership requires a driving urge to make things happen on high, an
unflinching willingness to take charge when not fully in command.," says
Michael Useem, the author of Leading Your Boss. "When a subordinate does lead up, it requires equal courage for the boss to
listen down, especially in cultures that traditionally eschew voices from
that encourages upward leadership is built, not born. For that, senior
managers must regularly insist that their junior staff question strategy and
challenge error. Asking those of lesser rank to say what they candidly think
and complimenting them for doing so are small measures that can make for big