How Self-Leaders Raise The Bar And Inspire Teams To Excel

Self LeaderTo achieve success in today’s challenging work environments, capsule organizations need leaders who welcome the opportunity to stretch beyond their comfort zone. The main reason Self-Leaders embrace a continuous journey of learning is because they are never content with the status quo. They continually search for ways to reach higher levels of performance and success, and increase their effectiveness in the process. They are clear about their purpose and the goals of the organization, prescription and they are willing and able to move their teams in new and desired directions. They know how to self-regulate to overcome frustrations, set back and shortfalls. By continuously growing as leaders, they inspire their teams to achieve unparalleled success in every aspect of their personal and professional lives.

Self-Leaders are Courageous. These leaders have a strong desire to achieve. They are resilient in the face of adversity and challenge and they aren’t afraid to hold tough conversations or challenge current thinking. While they are concerned with the bottom line, they are equally concerned with maintaining the rich relationships they have with their employees and stakeholders. They are willing to take necessary risks to make quantum leaps in their organization’s success but not at all cost. Self-leaders are clear about their values and principles and they are willing to do what it takes to ensure these are not compromised for the sake of expediency and profit.

Self-Leaders are Adaptable and Flexible. Adaptable leaders take a confident and optimistic view of the future and they are masters at shepherding their teams successfully through significant periods of change. They are comfortable with ambiguity and able to move ahead when they don’t have all the answers. They look to their teams and other stakeholders to help find the answers. They don’t take themselves too seriously and they work hard to keep the atmosphere fun and light. They know how to take care of themselves and to manage their energy.

Self-Leaders are Continuous Learners. Leaders who are committed to continuous learning actively seek opportunities to accelerate their development and raise their own bar of excellence. They are realistic assessors of their strengths and gaps and know how to play to their strengths while remaining eager to develop the gaps that benefit them and their organizations. They know that their career is theirs to own and manage, that learning is part of their success, and they wholeheartedly embrace new options for continual growth. They model continuous learning and, in the process, inspire their teams to learn and grow.

Self-Leaders are Initiators. These leaders are motivated by a deep desire to achieve for the benefit of the organization, not solely for personal gain. They have a clear vision of what they want to achieve which raises the performance bar for everyone who works with them. They continually seek new ways to move from good to great in everything they do. They focus their energies on working smarter, not harder.

Join me next time as I explore the competencies of Outcome Oriented Leaders.

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Dianne Gaudet is a certified Coach who is passionate about helping her clients manage the dynamics of continual life transitions as they reach new heights of personal and professional success. Helping Boomers create rich and inspired lifestyle plans for the retirement life they want is one of her greatest joys. Dianne is the author of a new book, If There Are No Limits... A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. She is also a motivational speaker, teacher and world traveller.