Leadership begins with character.
A lot is said about a leader’s influence and each person’s own sphere of influence. And it is true that everyone is a leader to some degree whether they realize or admit it or not. Everyone wields some influence and it begins with self.
Self-leadership is where character is formed. It is the values you hold and the fervency with which you hold them that determines your ability to lead. A person’s integrity, how they lead themselves, will determine the extent and effectiveness of their leadership of others.
A person must first conquer their own leadership dilemma before they can confidently allow others to follow. That simply means they must be self-aware and self-disciplined.
Self-awareness is knowing who you are. It is understanding your strengths and weaknesses; talents, gifts and abilities, as well as shortcomings, prejudices, and frailties. It is to know what you are good at; what you can and cannot do. It is to know when you can trust yourself and when you need to task for help.
Self-discipline is maintaining integrity, being self-motivated and self-controlled. It is simply the ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.
The first order of leadership is mastering your self.
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