So, Self-Leadership, you say?

Self-Leadership is really a fascinating aspect of leadership. Self-Leadership can be seen as a foundation necessary for improved “leadership” skills.

Self-Leadership is, in brief, the idea that an individual must know themselves thoroughly and be a “leader” in his or her own life before they can be an effective group leader.

Self-Leadership, as explains, is broken up into four basic components:

  1. Self-Awareness

Self awareness is the complete understanding of one’s self. This includes all aspects of yourself that you can think of. It is understanding your strengths and weaknesses, the things you find important, and most importantly, one’s own values. Furthermore, it is the ability to own and be able to express all of these aspects of one’s self.

2. Self-Management

Self management is the concept of being able to take your understanding of yourself and use it to guide the decisions you make and the actions you take.

3. Other-Awareness

Other Awareness comes from understanding that other individuals have different strengths and weaknesses, have different needs than your own. Again, most importantly, it is understanding that others around you have values they hold close which may be very different from your own.

4. Other-Management

This aspect is very important, because it is not telling others what to do, rather it is cultivating and encouraging others by working towards their goals and needs. This works by demonstrating that you understand and respect their treasured values and necessities.

One very important aspect to grasp about these four components is that they are not actually linear, rather they work together and it is imperative that you are always checking in on each of these aspects. One such reason is that occasionally a person’s values change, whether it is because of an event or simply due to human growth, and so it is essential that you are evaluating regularly to ensure effectiveness and respect.

Dr. John Ng, the author of, writes about self-leadership, “…self-leadership is a mark of leadership maturation.” This is an important concept to understand. It acknowledges and asserts the fact that self-leadership is a continuous process of growth and understanding. It is essential to not fall stagnant in the assessment of your own values and the needs of those around you.

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