Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. - Shakespeare's Henry IV
Often when you think of leadership, what comes to mind is a strong powerful person taking charge of a group. However, as more detailed studies have been done to understand leadership, the theory that leadership starts from self is gaining popularity and acceptance. If one can lead themselves, only then can they be capable enough to lead others.
What does it mean to lead self ?
Quite similar to what it may mean to lead a large organization or group.
As per a popular leadership style called Transformational Leadership, introduced by James McGregor Burns in his 1978 book, "Leadership", a leader is one who collaborates with employees to identify the needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of the group.
Applying the above rule, to be able to lead self, one has to do the following :
One of the most important things a Leader needs to do is make decisions, and like how.... Day in day out, some easy, some hard and some on which lives may depend, including their own. As a leader you may find numerous things going against you at the same time, basically - shit flying through the roof in every direction, confusion galore. These are the times when true test of leadership surfaces. There could be several alternatives to a pressing situation or just two that could make or break the organization. How in such cases do you keep your wits about you and have the confidence to go with your choice ?
Yes, you look at all the data, you analyze, you speak to your most trusted people, but in the end : YOU USE YOUR GUT.
Believe it or not, most successful leaders will tell you this is true, and the others are lying if they say otherwise. Beyond all the data and analysis, lies that hunch that tells them which way to go and then also have the confidence to own their decision if it turns out to be a bad one and be ready to take the next steps with renewed energy and confidence.
Yes, it is possible to develop your intuition and your gut, which helps you to rely on it more and more. Never completely tangible ( that would not be exciting enough ) but just enough. And this my dears is the secret to Leadership... and this loneliness can be the good kind.
Executive Coaching helps you develop this aspect of yourself.
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