Leading with the brain in mind.

Lead yourself first, then others will follow.

As Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “if you don’t know where you’re going then any road will take you there.” The road to leadership development begins with getting clear on what matters most to you, and how you want to ‘show up’ in the world, and the difference you want to make. “Personal leadership” is the term to describe a leaders technical knowhow, attitude towards others, and psychological self-mastery. It makes sense doesn’t it? If you are successful at leading yourself first, then you will be more equipped to lead others. At the very core of being an effective leader is the insight of knowing who you are — your passions, values, purpose, and vision.
One of the biggest challenges leaders face is the ability to lead themselves before going out and attempting to lead others. Being grounded and clear about your own values, preferences, and ways of working and communicating with others, especially in times of stress and pressure, is a vital first step to becoming an effective leader.

Personal Mastery, another leadership term, means mastering self. Sounds easy, but our beliefs, experiences, insecurities and judgments often get in the way. Personal mastery is not a destination, but rather a journey. Ideally as you become more self-aware and mindful of what you want, you can take control of your ability to:
• manage your emotions
• manage your words
• manage your thinking
• manage your time
• manage your priorities
• manage your personal life

How are you doing in terms of managing self?

Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC
website: http://www.sandramcdowell.com

Author Sandra McDowell is a Certified Executive Coach with a Masters in Leadership and a Certificate in NeuroLeadership, and Vice-President Communications & Culture for First Credit Union & Insurance.


2 Responses to “Lead yourself first, then others will follow.”

  1. Cindy Millar

    Sandra, your post comes at a very important time in my life as I’ve started the RRU Values-Based leadership program. Everything you’ve talked about here was also confirmed in our first 6 weeks of coursework. So cool!

  2. Sherri Stephanson

    Sandra, I really appreciate reading your blog. Your entries are concise and easy to read and understand. This is a quick read for leaders who are busy and a great reminder of the importance of being mindful of one’s Emotional Quotient.


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