Presence Precedes Strategy
Self doubt, lack of confidence and overwhelm are diminishing our power as natural leaders
“A leader must wrestle with inward issues. He or she is expected to have great aspirations, confront great frustrations, achieve great self-control, suffer great betrayals, and manifest great compassion. Addressing the personal side of leadership also requires attention to vision and to scope, for the leader’s mind must be all-encompassing.” - Peter Koestenbaum
The simple definition of a leader is a person who gets stuff done. It’s how you go about getting things done that further defines your quality of leadership. This is where personal leadership is essential for your success because you personal leadership impacts how you lead your life, your company or your department.
Your leadership is influenced by a variety of factors such as character, life experiences, cognitive abilities and maturity. All of these factors impact how you connect to real-world demands, generate powerful conversations and provide a clear path for action.
Leadership is often approached as a one-to-many relationship, whereas personal leadership is the leadership of the self. It is the ability to create a vision and define a direction for your leadership and life, and to move in that direction with alignment, consistency and clarity. The practice of personal leadership teaches you how to lead from inside out. This means that you are self aware and consistently assessing how you need to be, act, think and feel in order to be your best self. What this means is you frequently and skillfully retreat from the concerns of the day, the people, the problems and the pressure, to explore and discover your inner advantage.
To practice personal leadership, you apply the principles of leadership that make businesses a success. For example, leading in business involves having a compelling vision, developing strategies that are in alignment with your vision and inspiring people to use their talents to meet a goal for improved business results.
Leading yourself means applying these same principles of leadership to your role as a leader and your life. You, too, need a compelling vision and aligned strategies for reaching it. You need a team supporting you. You need results, as well as a sense of contribution and purpose. The difference is that personal leadership doesn’t just make for better business; it makes for better leadership. It makes for a better you. When you practice personal leadership, you use every ounce of your potential with inspiration instead of perspiration, synergy instead of sacrifice, and wisdom instead of work.
Why Should Women Develop and Strengthen Their Personal Leadership?
Here are some numbers to consider...
In a survey of 64,000 respondents worldwide, more people valued traditionally "feminine" attributes in leaders than traditionally "masculine" attributes. Yet women often do not appreciate and leverage their strengths. The truth is, women actually do have power today if they choose to embrace it and use it. Here are some examples:
At this point in time, what’s the quality of your personal leadership?
Are you succeeding at leading yourself?
Are you embracing your power and claiming the lead?
Take Your Inner Advantage™ Assessment and discover whether you’re just living your life or whether you’re truly claiming the lead!