Personal Mastery is a Difficult Thing

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.

i2i,

Randy

What are some ways a leader needs to practice self-leadership?

 

 

 

 

 

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Coach Brown

7 years ago

Walking our own talk can reveal the most difficult student – our “self”!

randygravitt

7 years ago

So true, Coach!

David Lloyd-Jones

7 years ago

Ray Kroc, the builder of MacDonald’s said it well in the title of his autobiography: “Grinding It Out.” A lot of what I, at least, find I have to work on is simply keeping on keeping on when it’s necessary.
Big shout out for Ray Kroc: where the money has ended up, so far and continuing, the superb art gallery for Dallas-Forth Worth, and rebuilding Salvation Army facilities all over North America — and ongoing from MacDonald’s, a wonderful idea in charitable giving, the Ronald MacDonald houses, to bring parents close to their children wihen the kids are hospitalised for major surgery.
-dlj.

randygravitt

7 years ago

Great stuff, David. Thanks for the comment!

Jeremy Etress

7 years ago

Burn the Ships! With everything in life, there is a battle between commitment and compromise…if you find practical ways to ‘Burn the Ships’, the opportunity for compromise is eliminated…and levels of commitment will strengthen

randygravitt

7 years ago

Awesome, Jeremy!

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