The art of developing the mental positions towards change
The concept of self-leadership is almost as old as mankind. It can be found in the writings of sages and poets, in both Eastern and Western philosophy. Aristotle claimed in his Nicomachean Ethics that eudaimonia, the art of leading a well spent life, is the highest good for human beings. In more recent times, Peter Drucker introspectively described self-leadership as “serving as a captain of one’s own life”, while Dale Carnegie saw it more as an outward facing strategy for success by winning over friends and influencing people. Others claim that all it needs to lead oneself is a goal and taking full responsibility for that goal. And classic management schools treat it merely as means to an end, as a critical factor for organizational success – trying to push leaders to become more efficient and effective (probably to squeeze the most out of the Scientific Method).
As with so many buzzwords, it is difficult to find a simple and, above all, uniform definition. So, it’s worth asking whether these approaches are still up to date? Whether they actually need to be rethought in order to withstand the demands of a constantly changing world?
WHAT IS SELF LEADERSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
Self-leadership is the ability to follow a growth path towards personal mastery and excellence. Whatever this may be? In a more general sense, self-leadership is about intentionally working on your way of thinking, on how to reflect your feelings and on the according actions towards your objectives. It is also about empowering and positively influencing yourself in times of struggle – with true grit (the sum of perseverance and passion).