What is personal Leadership?
What is personal leadership? It is the ability to lead others or yourself in the direction you want your life to take. The ability to define what you want out of life and how you will achieve your goals represents the first step in developing leadership. Once you create a plan, personal leadership evolves into leading, directing, taking action.
Personal leadership means living each day to the fullest. It means developing goals that you want so badly that you live each day with enthusiastic ardor for your goals, yourself, and all who are close to you. Knowing what you want out of life, knowing what success is to you, knowing what your goals are, and knowing that you’re going to achieve those goals regardless of what other people say, think, or do, is the essence of personal leadership.
Personal leadership also means “accountability.” It means that you have decided to use the talents that are unique to you and will develop them further to reach your goals. Through this process, you realize your potential to develop further. It means that you have determined the course of your destiny. You are the master of your life.
You alone can define your destiny. Once you have decided what you want, you must consciously and actively establish your goals to realize that destiny. When you have made this decision, you do indeed possess personal leadership. Problems become challenges, failure becomes a setback (and more importantly a learning experience), and each day of your life becomes exciting, challenging, and rewarding. Success becomes a way of living, a second nature expectation that becomes routine as you cross another milestone. You possess the kind of self-confidence that ensures the successful outcome of any goal you set for yourself.
Your realization of your responsibilities as a leader will most directly affect the degree to which you will develop your own personal leadership skills. When we examine the responsibility of leadership, we begin to realize that we, not others, are responsible for our lives, actions, and rewards. We also begin to realize that in many ways we can directly influence (positively or negatively) the lives of others. Never in our history has there been more opportunity, or more need, for leadership. Every day in countless unseen cases, people are looking to you for leadership. Children, friends, peers, co-workers, customers, and many times organizations may seek your advice and follow your example. Helping these individuals may not require formal leadership. Personal leadership is often leadership by example.
Albert Einstein once said: “Without changing our pattern of thought, we will not be able to solve the problems we created with our current pattern of thought.” Therefore, conventional formulations and solutions based on the “logic of the day” are inadequate to deal with new problems.