A lot has been written about the topic of leadership. A quick google search will reveal thousands of books, articles, and as many varied opinions. But are there any common traits that most leaders share that are universal and universally accepted?
According to researchers who create development programs, the first step to effective leadership is ‘self-leadership.’
A leader will be restricted in his or her effectiveness without a clear vision and conviction.
To be a better leader, you have to start by leading yourself first.
Leading Others Begins With Leading Self
The sad truth about leadership is that there are as many leaders who have negative impact as those who have good intentions.
A crucial aspect of developing your skills as a leader is self-reflection and mindfulness.
You have to create a space in your daily routine to sit with your thoughts, reflect on your purpose and question the direction your life is taking.
Without self-reflection, a leader begins to be swayed by popular opinion. Think about politicians who create an image to appeal to voters or a CEO who changes his stance on a topic to please the investors.
Over time, people start to see that these leaders are no longer walking the talk. Their inner conviction no longer matches their outer expressions. It doesn’t take long for these leaders to lose their authority and influence, especially over those closest to them.
As a leader, you have to constantly fight being pulled into living an image. You will be more authentic when you practice regular self-reflection and make sure that you are leading yourself in a manner fitting for a leader with influence and authority.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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