For women to be successful in leadership positions they have to be first successful in leading themselves. Interestingly this truth actually isn’t gender specific. It’s true of women and men alike.
What is personal leadership? It’s leading yourself well every minute of every day. It’s the only way you will experience consistent long-term success in leading others. This doesn’t seem like rocket science and it isn’t. If you compare strong and weak leaders, you will find that the strong ones led themselves well first, being strong in character and self-awareness. The weak leaders compromised on a personal level first. Invariably weak personal leadership leads to weak public leadership.
10 Strong Personal Leadership Decisions Women Must Make Everyday
1. Decide to keep commitments and be disciplined.
Remain steady. Don’t allow yourself to be tossed about like a ship on the sea. Be resolved and resolute in your commitments whether it’s to another or to yourself. Do what needs to be done, even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Decide to learn from failure and success.
Be intentional to glean understanding from every situation and apply what you’ve learned. Keep doing what’s working and stop doing what’s not working.
3. Decide to know yourself.
Self-awareness is the first step to strong personal leadership. You must know where you are strong and where you are weak. Don’t deceive yourself into thinking that you’re anything other than what and who you are. Self-awareness is critical to developing into the best leader you can be.
4. Decide to make personal development a high priority.
Continue to learn, develop and grow. Personal development is the key to growth and adding value wherever you are. It keeps you relevant, fresh and respected.
5. Decide to do hard things.
Take on challenges. They make you better, sharper, stronger and more focused. Soon, you will discover that what you once thought was hard is easy. You will continue to grow and develop beyond what you thought was possible when you constantly challenge yourself with hard things.
6. Decide to have a good attitude, even in bad times.
A good attitude doesn’t mean you’re not realistic, it means that you believe there is purpose in everything, even if you don’t see it at the moment. You look forward to see where all the dots connect in a way that gives meaning to your story.
7. Decide to look for solutions not problems.
Constantly work with the cards you’ve been dealt making them the best hand possible. Instead of seeing obstacles, see challenges that will make you stronger and better. Choose to see problems as a game being played that you can win. Success often comes with detours and detours often make the journey more interesting.
8. Decide to take personal responsibility.
Don’t spend any energy making excuses. Spend your energy on admitting your culpability and moving on. The only way to influence change and outcomes is by taking personal control.
9. Decide to make your self-talk positive yet accurate.
Believe in yourself and your dreams, yet remain realistic enough to know that you need to work it, not just think it.
10. Decide to shine the spotlight on others.
This shows a special kind of humility and self-confidence that demonstrates strength of character. As you build others up, you will be built up yourself. It all comes full circle.
Make the decision to be a strong personal leader in every area of your life. In doing so, you will be the kind of leader that others willingly follow.