You have to know how important it is to the success of your company that every employee be empowered, proactive, and committed to achieving results. Self Leadership means that individuals at all levels of your organisation accept responsibility and take initiative for their own success.
The three skills of a self leader include:
• Challenge Assumed Constraints.
An assumed constraint is a belief, based on past experience, that limits current and future experiences. Self leaders know that the constraints are not the problem; it is that we think these beliefs are our only sources of power.
• Activate Points of Power.
This includes; position power, personal power, task power, knowledge power, and relationship power. The sole advantage of power is the ability to do more good. To increase that ability, a self leader must develop their weak points of power or gather people around them who have points of power they don not have.
• Being Proactive.
Self leaders are proactive in asking for the direction and support they require to achieve their goals. Direct reports can use self leadership to diagnose their own development level on a particular goal or task and let their manager know the leadership style they need to succeed.
Do not wait to lead. Business is moving too fast to wait around for direction and support to achieve an objective. Once a goal is set and approved upon between a manager and a direct report, it is your responsibility to set out to achieve the goal. Individual’s without self-leadership training can naturally default to a victim mindset – waiting for someone else to give them the power to change things. Managers are not mind readers and can not be expected to intuitively know what the individual’s needs are without the individual speaking up to help get those needs met.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson