Personal leadership is a journey, not a destination. This means that every person, regardless of his or her successes or position, needs to continually work on their ambitions, aspirations and skills. So, what elements are required to attain personal leadership?
Free yourself from any limitations
To achieve all what you can be, you need to begin by setting yourself free from any self-limitations. Any person who has self-limiting beliefs can never rise above those hindrances. If you intend to be an effective leader, you must begin by letting your imagination fly free. Rather than worry about whether you have enough finances, opportunity, intelligence or talent, let your imagination soar to the highest heights of possibilities.
Self-regulation is the ability to control impulses and learn how to analyze situations to enable you to comprehend the big picture. This allows you to initiate the right actions at the right time. Self-regulation elevates your personal power and puts you in charge. It enables you to make clear-headed decisions when everyone else around you is panicking.
Throughout history, they have many great people who got into trouble for responding to crisis with knee-jerk solutions rather than well-planned strategies. These people failed not because they could not be great but because they were unable to deal with problems logically. They had poor self-control and could not manage their impulses. And that was their downfall.
Self identity is the heart of the personal leadership journey. To be an effective leader, you must develop a leadership identity that you believe in and can be emulated by people who are around you. Self identity includes a set of principles and values that guide your behavior and actions. And just like leadership, the development of self-identity is a continuous process and not an inertial entity.
You have gone through all the right processes of freeing your imagination, developing self-control and self-identity. Now is the time to take the driver’s seat and get to your destination. Taking charge of your life may be tough but it is a critical phase of your personal leadership journey. Your personal blueprint is what you intend to achieve, steer out of your safe harbor to attain all you can. Destiny awaits you.