CALL TO ACTION

Change In Human Affairs

Leading oneself

Positive Role Model

Goals and Objective

Actionable Item

Self-leadership

The way forward requires initiating positive directional changes in human affairs. It is a change that’s personal in nature, begins with the individual based on principals of self-leadership and spiritual receptivity as first-tier requirements, and then advances as aspirants immerse themselves in the waters of commitment to swim upstream against the tide. Its an acknowledged superior challenge.

Self-leadership can be defined broadly as "the process" of influencing oneself in ways that create and establish positive change and directions in your life. It means acquiring the motivation to engage ethical practices in ways that guarantee moral outcomes. It involves "leading oneself" using psychological techniques to illicit goal setting, manage one’s behavior, and find natural rewards when a task is successfully completing. Self-leadership is a process that requires sensitivity, keen observation, constant consideration, self-dialogue, and watchful intent. Leading one’s self affords an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of your beliefs-systems, your assumptions and attitudes, thought patterns and thinking habits, basically, knowing how you think. It’s a process that comes with considerable expectation, meaning that you have a strong desire to undertake what is needed for personal improvement in order to achieve a high degree of performance.

Before a person can effectively be a positive role model lead others, they must first coach and lead themselves. Self-leadership requires gaining an understanding of who you are, what you can do, of your goals and aspirations, and knowing the direction in which you are headed. This knowledge, when combined with internal skills and willpower, ensures desirable outcomes. It is challenging to be undertaken by those who wish to live their life based on the work they enjoy performing. Aspiring self-leaders believe they can live a positive and productive life of service with capability to exert a positive influence on those around them to do the same.

The practice of an effective self-leadership can lead to a plethora of benefits that include self-efficacy, improved mental capability, and a positive mental perspective. The process of self-leadership involves leading oneself via the utilization of both behavioral and mental techniques. It can include self-observation and goal-setting, managing antecedents to personal behavior, modifying consequents to behavior, and finding natural rewards in tasks performed.

Self-leadership techniques involve the mental examination and alteration of self-dialogue, beliefs, and assumptions, mental imagery, and thought patterns (i.e., habits in one’s thinking). Therefore, self-leadership provides a considerable expectation for taking the pursuit of personal improvement to a higher level of performance.

Set goals and objectives for your life based on justice, equity, empathy, and compassion. These are geared toward improving your total outlook on life and how you treat others.

Practice discretion constantly and lead by example because good behavior is observable and helps to influence positive directional in others with whom you interact.

Take initiative, as knowledge and will are required when a decision is made to initiate a decided course or to pursue a particular objective.

Demonstrate humbleness through modesty and willingness to assign credit due for a particular accomplishment made by others.

Learn to encourage and accept new ideas and experiments and to turn them into pilot projects or programs.

Strive for integrity and ethical persuasiveness in all undertakings.

Actively reject pessimism and be an eternal optimist. Have zero tolerance for negativity and reject self-fulfilling prophecies of doubt. Be a champion of change and a lifelong learner.

Care for and about people because compassion and empathy becomes you and keeps you ever-connected to your humanity.

For additional information refer to: "Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself For Personal Excellence, (2nd Edition)" (Prentice-Hall).

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