Personal Leadership: How can I be my own leader?
Leading people is a challenge, however leading yourself is an even bigger challenge. He personal leadership is the foundation on which success is built in all areas of life and which will allow you to better manage a team.
To enhance it, it is important to develop various skills that will help you demonstrate who you are and what you can contribute to an organization. According to him Manager's Handbook from Harvard Business ReviewThese are some that you should pay attention to:
According to the authors, it is the ability to persuade others and have a positive impact on the decisions, plans and results of the organization. This influence is a combination of two types of power: positional and personal. The first refers to what you get for the position or title that the organization has given you; However, you cannot use it alone to achieve the goals. On the other hand, the staff is the value, trust and respect that you have built in the company. This is gained through relationships, company knowledge and reputation, which makes others feel motivated and inspired.
To communicate and make yourself known you must learn to use all the opportunities you have, a virtual meeting, an email, a presentation, to demonstrate your voice as a leader. In a study by John Antonakis, Marika Fenly, and Liechti of the University of Lausanne Effective communication tactics were found in business leaders, in which they identified:
- An animated voice: Do not keep a monotonous tone of voice, vary the volume according to the emotion you want to convey.
- Watch your facial expressions: Always make eye contact and allow others to see your passion in the way you express yourself, naturally.
- Your body language says a lot: Your gestures can help you emphasize what you are communicating.
Once you reach a management position, you will notice that the work not only increases but also diversifies. To better manage your time and energy, the following steps are recommended:
- Review how you are currently using your time. Use a calendar to identify your daily activities and the main interruptions you have.
- Look for patterns. Separate the activities between 5 and 10 categories and detail the minutes each one needs. Analyze what you can see so far and ask yourself: does the use of my time match my priorities?
- Develop a goal-focused plan. Now allocate time according to your goals and priorities, minimize time on lower priority activities.
- Execute your plan. Locate this organization on your schedule. Review the activities a week before: meetings, deliveries, reports and then prioritize on your calendar.
Due to the technological revolution and accelerated innovation, professionals must update their skills more frequently. And even if your company provides professional growth initiatives, it mainly depends on you and what you do to achieve it.
The first step is to define your professional purpose, an advice that Professor Clayton Christensen gives his students at Harvard Business School, is to "keep the purpose of their lives at the forefront when deciding how to spend their time and talents."
To find your purpose you can answer some of these questions: What are you good at and how can you be better at those things?
- What activities do you enjoy the most?
- How do you work best with people?
- What are your values and what is the person you want to become?
- How should you contribute?
With your answers you have a basis to write your personal mission, which is a recommendation made by Stephen R. Covey, in his book on "The 7 habits of highly effective people".
Another practice that helps in professional development is to ask for feedback from your superiors or your work team. The people who work directly with you play a fundamental role in your personal growth.
Leading oneself is a continuous and challenging process, but it is a path of great satisfaction that will not only fill you with professional achievements but also personal gratification.