TEACHERS! TEACH YOURSELVES!!!; A NOTE ON SELF LEADERSHIP

When I read the phrase 'everyone's a leader', i interpret it literally unlike how some people make it seem like it's an inspirational phrase coined to push people into stepping up to accepting or taking up leadership positions.
My take on everyone being a leader is built on a truth that everyone has someone to lead.
We all are in the business of leading ourselves. We are first the CEO of our lives before becoming any company's CEO.
And while we could retire or be sacked from a company, our position as the leader of ourlives remains until our last breath. 
'You don't feel like it's real work until you realize that the toughest person to lead is yourself'.
John C Maxwell said, “When we are foolish, we want to conquer the world but when we are wise, we want to conquer ourselves. That begins when we do what we should do no matter how we feel about it”.


That says it all, self leadership is key to true leadership because even the good book says 'love your neighbor as yourself', which means to effectively love your neighbor, you must love yourself affectionately. That works for all things including leadership, you must lead yourself effectively to become an effective leader!
Human nature seems to endow us with the ability to size up everybody in the world except ourselves. A bigger part of the ratio on how we treat others should be to us!



Leading ourselves is as demanding as leading others or even more tasking but the success at that is our biggest achievement as leaders! I learned some steps which I'd like to share.


1. Learn to follow; Bishop Fulton J Sheen said, 'Civilization is always in danger when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to command'.
Arrogant leaders are rarely effective in the long run. They alienate their followers,
their colleagues and their leader. Follow to lead.
2. Develop self discipline; To make consistently good decisions, take the right action when needed and to refrain from taking the wrong actions requires self discipline. To do otherwise is to loose control of ourselves, do or say things we regret, miss opportunities we are given, to spend ourselves into debt.
3. Seek accountability; Most wrong actions come about because people are not being held accountable early enough.
Leading ourselves well means that we hold ourselves to a higher standard of accountability than others do. Why?
Because we are held responsible not only for our own actions but also for those of the people we lead.
Leadership is a trust, not a right. For that reason, we must “fix” ourselves earlier than others may be required. We must always seek to do what’s right, no matter how high we rise or how powerful we become. 

With this, we would take our lives into our own hands and lead ourselves right before leading others effectively!

Thank you for reading.

(Some excerpt from John C Maxwell's Leadership Gold.)

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