When it comes to leadership, it is common to think of those we lead and those who lead us.  As important as those persons are, I propose an even more important person.  That person is you.

How are you managing self-leadership?  You are the most important person in the crowd because you are the only person over whom you have total control.  Therefore, the question is crucial and vast.

The question is crucial because of the potential effects on your leadership dynamics.  The question is vast because self-leadership encompasses many areas, including these:

Professional growth.

Personal growth.





Health and wellness (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual).

Goals and objectives.

How you handle success.

How you handle failure.



Life’s mission and vision.

It is wonderful to give leadership to others and it is wonderful to receive leadership from others.  Nevertheless, the most important person in leadership is you.  Everyone you touch will rise or fall on the basis of how well you exercise self-leadership.  Remember, no one can lead you best, nor can you lead anyone best, unless you have mastered self-leadership.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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