Whenever leadership is mentioned, most leaders think of their followers which is not the case. A leader must be able to lead in all directions that is; those above you, your peers and those below you in order to be considered an effective leader.Prior to that everyone needs to lead themselves first before they can lead others and this makes self reflection and inner growth key for all leaders as they tackle the challenge of self leadership.
Self leadership requires a leader to know and develop their gifts to the best of their abilities for example through mentorship, consultancy, voluntary work and going for further studies. It is also the leader’s job to keep their passions alive for example read whatever he has to read, go wherever he has to go to stay on fire. And he does not need to apologize to anyone as he/she works at keeping their passion alive.
In addition, it is the responsibility of the leader to know their envisioned future and keep it sure. This can be through having constant personal vision nights where you answer questions like;
- Is my vision clear?
- Is my passion hot?
- Am I developing my gifts?
- In what area am I most gifted?
- Is my pace sustainable?
- Are interior issues undermining my leadership?
“It is difficult to lead people to the future when your own picture of the future is fuzzy” hence the importance of personal vision nights.
Finally, a leader’s character needs to be in the right shape for the whole team to be able to achieve the mission. A leader needs to have moral authority given that followers will only trust leaders who exhibit the highest levels of integrity.Hence, leaders need to maintain a good character as they desire to influence others!
I therefore encourage you to partner with us in raising change agents who will exhibit high levels of self leadership as they roll out into the community to foster development.