Every great business needs effective and successful leaders–men and women who can inspire their employees to reach deep within themselves to get things done. Unfortunately, almost 60% of all businesses have a shortage of leadership talent, and this shortage has a negative impact on the ability of these organizations to perform and reach their goals. Thirty-seven percent of workers have left jobs because of bad leadership. ~ Peter Economy

That which a leader desires to impact he must acquire for himself. You can’t give what you don’t have, as a leader you must consistently seek learning and application of knowledge well understood. While learning is so important, your ability to teach for understand is very mandatory to achieving greatly. Learning humbles you and puts you in a position to teach.

Of all the traits of successful leadership you can ever acquire, the most important is Self Mastery, without this you are going no where.

“Self leadership is having a developed sense of who you are, what you can do, where you are going – coupled with the ability to manage your communication, emotions and behaviours on the way to getting there.”– Andrew Bryant

Before we can lead others we must lead ourselves because nobody will willingly follow a leader who has no idea who he or she is, where they are going and/or throws a tantrum when they don’t get what they want.

With self leadership we can influence others because we have established a personal brand through personal mastery.

Self leadership and Personal Mastery is a foundational program that prepares the individual to release their potential and contribute to a team or organisation.

A successful leader is the Man who has gained self mastery and understands His/Herself. As a leader you are who you want to be, a sad thing in life is that we most often feel that our problems and circumstances are far beyond our control, we feel our inadequacies, weaknesses more than our strength. 

Our heart become weak, our mind becomes under-utilized, as we Begin to limit ourselves to the circumstances surrounding our divine Destiny.

As a leader grows in strenght of mind and character he begins to understand that he is the Architect and he have all it takes to be great. Look inside yourself and you will discover that you are powerful Beyond measure, great and your problems are only but minute.

Take the driver`s sit and control yourselves rather than seeking to control others…  
A leader who does not understand this cannot take control of whatever situation that maybe an hindrance to the development of the team he leads. 

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Our empirically dominated culture places all focus on the external and physical world, blinding the importance of the internal and mental.

Self-mastery is being in control of the internal thought processes that guide your emotions, habits, and behaviors. It’s the ability to respond rather than react.

The former is done with intention and awareness, the latter is visceral and without reason. Self-mastery is captured well in this quote attributed to many: “Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

It seems counterintuitive, but being selfish and focusing on enriching yourself will lead to being selfless and enriching the lives of those around you.

Sources: selfleadership & skipprichard

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