What does it mean to be a leader? Being a leader means defining and exhibiting moral and ethical courage and setting an example for others. In order to do that for anyone else, it’s important to know how to lead yourself first.
“True leaders are born when you find something to die for.” – Myles Munroe
The only way to discover your own strength is through feedback analysis. A good way to do this is by writing down your expectations of key decisions in your life. Then review and compare the results some months later. After a few times, this method will show you where your own strengths and weaknesses lie.
Concentrate on your strengths and utilize them to produce results first. The second step is to start working on improving them. The third step is to figure out where your wrong judgment caused problems. Bad habits can be reduced through discipline. Remeber that you will always reap more results by building your strengths, rather than trying to improve your weaknesses.
“Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation.” – Brian Tracy
Below questions will help you to find out how you perform best:
- Am I a reader or listener? (In communication)?
- How do I learn? (By reading, listening or writing?)
- Do I work well with people or am I a loner?
- Do I produce results as a decision maker or advisor?
- Do I work better under stress or a structured predictable environment?
- Do I perform better in a small or big organization?
- What are my values?
Take a moment to answer these questions honestly. Do not try to change yourself. Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values.
Leading yourself well means that you hold yourself to a higher standard of accountability than others do. The bottom line is that the smallest crowd you will ever lead is you—but it’s the most important one.
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” – Rumi