“The most effective way to lead is to lead from within.”
It is not possible to effectively lead others if you cannot lead yourself first.
Perhaps this is a bit of a strong statement. There are many examples of people in leadership roles who have had have achieved “success” who frankly stink at self-leadership. I would argue these “leaders” are pale shadows of their complete potential.
However, the definition of leadership effectiveness that I hold and espouse requires that leadership efforts start internally. Everything rises and falls on one’s ability to put into active practice those things you would ask of others.
Purpose: Have you identified your purpose for being on this earth beyond earning a living?
Vision: Do you have a clearly articulated vision for yourself that you seek to bring to life daily?
Values: Do you have a written set of your core values that serve as your decision-making compass?
Execution: Do you have a plan, a written plan, for bringing to life your Purpose, Vision, and Values?
Discipline: Do you hold yourself accountable for your desires and plans? I believe self-discipline is the keystone of impactful leadership. Without it, you merely have dreams and wishes. With self-discipline, you can put into place the structure required to lead yourself effectively.
Answering these questions and ingraining the answers into your daily behaviors is the key to effective leadership. By holding yourself to a higher standard, you will create and put into place a platform of influence and impact.
Otherwise, you are just a stuffed shirt…