How to be a Successful Change Leader and Elevate Performance through Self-Leadership

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The last two years have been a rollercoaster ride for businesses worldwide. Many organizations faced rising demand for digital integration; this problem was compounded by increasing global competition. Furthermore, evolving customer expectations forced companies to adapt to new changes in the work environment faster than anticipated. It was clear that a failure to keep up would have resulted in expensive losses.

In such a high-stakes environment, organizations need leaders throughout the enterprise who have the skills and potential to strategize, execute, and lead successful change efforts. Unfortunately, most companies are struggling with a widespread leadership gap.

Leadership is more than just a title — employees at every level need to be able to take action, execute change effectively, and enhance productivity. Unfortunately, in a workforce that will be 75% millennials by 2025, many feel like their leadership qualities are not being utilized to their full potential. However, there are ample opportunities for businesses to tap into here.

With this in mind, let’s look at how self-leadership can transform organizations at every level, build tightly-knit teams, and elevate performance in the new workplace of 2022 and beyond.

What Is Self-Leadership?

As the name suggests, self-leadership refers to taking leadership into your own hands and leading the change you want to see instead of relying on others to lead you. It involves an in-depth understanding of who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, and what you desire and feel led to accomplish. 

Self-leadership has the emotional intelligence to tap into your unique giftedness and skillsets that energize your actions. 

Self-leadership is a valuable skill to have. It can transform both your personal and professional life. No longer can one senior leadership team lead the change alone. Therefore, businesses of all sizes need to foster self-leadership, and it has manifold benefits for the individual, the team, and the organization. 

3 Skills Necessary for Self-Leadership

Self-Awareness

As the first half of its name suggests, self-leadership starts with your sense of self. When you combine a strong sense of self with emotional self-awareness and develop a particular skill set that allows you to realize your full potential, you will understand your limits and capabilities and be better adjusted to tackle problems without burning out. In addition, this also gives you an accurate and objective idea of your strengths and weaknesses, leading to increased self-confidence and targeted growth.

Motivation

Another vital aspect of self-leadership is motivation. Great leaders are self-starters. They don’t wait around for others to get them going and, by doing so, inspire others to raise their game. When you know who you are and what you’re working towards and act with intention towards a specific goal, you can power that purpose with motivation and conquer the inevitable challenges. Individuals who have healthy self-leadership skills possess the drive to motivate themselves and others to overcome any hurdles.

Self-Control and Regulation

The ability to be aware of and regulate your own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and exhibit self-control and discipline even in the most adverse situations is a valued quality in a leader. An individual trying to nurture self-leadership skills needs to learn to respond instead of reacting to unforeseen circumstances. 

A response is a carefully thought-out action that addresses a specific set of challenges, whereas a reaction is a spontaneous outburst that might not produce the desired results. Self-leadership strengthens your self-control and regulation skills and will help you keep things under control even when faced with dire circumstances.

Cultivating and encouraging self-leadership skills in employees leads to a successful organization that works like a well-oiled machine. Tom Flick has years of experience helping organizations build teams, develop leaders, and elevate performance. Fill in this contact form and get in touch with Tom today!