Vanderbilt business professor, Richard Daft, writes in his book, The Executive and the Elephant, “Kings, heads of government, and corporate executives have control over thousands of people and endless resources, but often do not have mastery over themselves. From a distance, larger-than-life leaders may look firmly in control of their businesses and their personal behavior. What about up close? Personal mastery is a difficult thing.”
This week, your biggest leadership challenge will be leading your self. While you might impress others from a distance, you will only impact them if you are practicing personal mastery of your mind, will, and emotions.
Notice I said, practice. The truth is, you will never fully master self, but you can make significant progress.
Be intentional this week. And remember, Personal mastery is a difficult thing.
What are some ways a leader needs to practice self-leadership?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.