Inner Leadership
Leading Yourself
Before Others

This section on Inner Leadership explains the importance of self-leadership before you begin to lead others and the qualities you must possess as a leader.

Inner leadership or self-leadership is as important if not more important than possessing leadership skills.

Before you think that you should be leading others in a team or an organization, ask yourself: are you leading yourself?

If you aspire to be the treasurer of chief financial officer of your company, if ask yourself: do you budget for your personal finances?

If you don’t do personal budgeting, how would anyone want to trust you with the budget of a million dollar company?

This is the principle of inner leadership:Before you decide you lead others, lead yourself first.

And it's extremely important that you do so. The whole idea of leadership is that you're in front, and your team is behind, following your guidance.

I cannot emphasize this enough. You cannot be at the sidelines shouting out orders and making requirements on your followers that you can't fulfil yourself.

You cannot expect from people what you don't expect from yourself.

If people see that you do not practice what you’ve been preaching, you lose a lot of credibility and the trust of your team.

In this section, I will talk about several essential qualities you require as a leader and how you can develop each quality to become a truly influential, credible and authentic leader.

Articles on Inner Leadership

On Character

The most important ingredient in leadership: integrity
Integrity is the most important ingredient in leadership. Having it is the make-or-break for any leader. Understand the importance of integrity and also how you can develop yourself to be a man of integrity.

On Mental Attitudes

Looking on the bright side on life:Optimism
As a leader, you should be an optimistic person. An optimistic person will naturally seek to see the good in the future, and bring the team to create positive change together.

Have a great attitude!
Attitude is everything. The saying goes that your attitude determines your altitude. How you perceive and interpret events in your life will determine how far in life you will go.

On Vision

Vision: Having a direction in your life
Having a personal vision in your life means everything in leadership. As a leader, you must not only consider the organizational vision, but also the vision of each and every member of your team.

Articulating your vision: Pointing the way for your team
I have shared in other sections about the importance of having a vision, but it’s really one thing to have a vision, but another thing to articulate it well. Understand how you can articulate a vision in this section effectively, so that your team will catch it and run with the vision.

Learning to put first things first
Learning to prioritize your life will aid you a lot in your leadership journey where you decide what activities add value to your organization and what does not.

If you want to learn how to set great goals and prioritize your life well, I recommend you check out this website on setting goals. It has many useful principles on how to set goals and achieve them.

If you lead a sales team or a company to reach bigger sales goals, Sales-Psychology.com will aid you in this specific area of self-leadership as well. Do check it out! They have a free e-guide, "Seven Strategies to Take Action on Your Greatest Sales and Business Goals" when you sign up for their newsletter too.

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