What is Leadership? Are you a Leader?
Leadership is the key to everything. Indeed, it does mean different things to different people around the world and maybe different things in different situations. It can relate to you and your business, to you and your organization, to you in your community, or to you in your team.
The essence is that leaders do the right thing, have courage, set direction, follow inspiring visions, and are innovative. Leadership is about finding the best, committing to yourself and others, understanding self and others, and striving for overview.
Leaders help others and themselves, constantly. Is this you?
The right leader inspires because of her or his personal growth and the results that she or he creates. And a true leader knows that before outer action there is an inner understanding.
We, at the Center of Innovation for Leaders, understand that a leader needs much more than professional knowledge. They need broad self-knowledge to start with. We say that the crux of leadership development is an evolving emotional education in combination with an intentional strengthening of who you are or who you want to be. It is about using all aspects of yourself to your own benefit and to the benefit of the people with whom you work. You are interested in an overview of your dark and the light personality traits. You are not afraid to confront your obstacles or obscure parts so you can move forward. Indeed, a true leader gets that fear – however small, big, or hidden – is part of moving ahead.
The leaders we work with look inward to examine their own strengths and weaknesses. They find their truths and insights. And they are also willing and happy to listen to externa input on how they can grow and tweak their habits: they will decide what input works for them. They are students in the sense that they are eager to obtain tools to help themselves and others.
Many of our clients, even those who are highly accomplished and productive, complain that they (occasionally) lack emotional clarity in key areas of their life. Therefore they search for great coaches and mentors who can journey through uncharted personality and character traits with them. They look for a coach who has the courage to go to the resistant and unwilling areas in their character in order to transform them.
Our clients understand that willpower alone is not the elixir that expands and opens up what has been resistant or non compliant in their personality, in their leadership, or in their projects.
At the Center of Innovation for Leaders, we say that emotional clarity and intellectual clarity are two very different things even though they belong together.
Intellectual clarity exists in the world of the “shoulds”: I should do, be that. I should finish this, I should create balance, I should pull of…
Emotional clarity comes when we feel on the inside that what we are compelled to do is in alignment with what we intellectually believe we should do. From that alignment follows a natural action and discipline.
It takes time to grow and develop. Becoming a great leader can be a lengthy and challenging process of learning and change.
We all know how disorganized, fragmented, and chaotic everyone’s workday can be. And as work becomes more complex, how can you add time for self-development? The Center of Innovation for Leaders aims to have the client use himself or herself as the instrument to get things done in business, in the organization, or the community. You learn the lessons best in an experiential way: most of the time leadership is inspired by deeper personal experiences.
For a free assessment and strategy session to develop (more) personal leadership: schedule a call with Master Coach Mooniek Seebregts.
For more information: contact@CenterofInnovationforLeaders.com
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Personal leadership skills are at the foundation of everything. If you don’t understand yourself, cannot inspire yourself, are thrown by challenges, and cannot get along with the person who jerks you the wrong way, you are stopping yourself and your team from moving forward. And let’s be honest, how we behave at work, links to how we behave in our personal and social life as well.
The professional who understands that having a good hold on their own personal leadership means that they can be fabulous in their professional life, a fantastic role model in their personal life, and an inspiring person in their community.
With leadership skills, professionals are able to perform in their team, getting the results they aim for, reaching the goals they are expect to reach. Personal leadership skills include, for example, an understanding of how to communicate on a higher level and how to work with a personal and professional mission and vision.
Personal Leadership qualities require regular updates, thus a basic understanding of habitual impediments and hindrances is a must. It is necessary not only to ‘declutter’ habits, thoughts, and feelings but also behaviors that are no longer helpful, as well. Did I mention that knowing your own blind spots is required to be a great leader?
Because if you choose to live as a leader, no matter who you are and where you work or what your personal life looks like, you are mastering ‘making choices and decisions’ on all levels. You choose to not be unconscious about your habits, or chaos, or ‘unclarity’; instead you direct the outcome.
We at the Center of Innovation of Leadership, in Sacramento, work on updating you or your whole team by giving each individual the attention towards developing their leadership skills and leadership qualities. Just imagine if you and everyone in the team understands working together at a higher level, that everyone is inspired by each other? Imagine the results for the business, organization!
Send us an email, call us @ 916-812-8012 to schedule your complimentary 20-minute assessment, or fill out our contact form. Let us show you how developing Personal Leadership can change your inner game.
Why Managers Need to Develop Good Personal Leadership and People Skills
I have noticed that there are two different types of managers: managers who lead and managers who supervise. A manager who truly leads, inspires and develops his team members; a manager who merely supervises, focuses on maintaining set work processes. Simply stated, a good leader’s main focus is the people making up the team and not just the procedures used to get the work done. This distinction can make all the difference in the success of the team, and in reality, the success of the business.
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How Personal Leadership is the foundation of everything
Personal Leadership skills are at the foundation of everything. To say it simply: if you don’t understand yourself, cannot inspire others in your team, are thrown by challenges, and cannot get along with another person who jerks you the wrong way, you are stopping yourself and your team from moving forward. And let’s be honest, how we behave at work links to how we behave in our personal and social lives as well. So, the true leader is the professional who understands that if they have a good hold of their own personal leadership, they can be fabulous in their professional life, a fantastic role model in their personal life, and an inspiring person in their social life.
How professionals are able to perform in their team – getting the results they aim for, reaching the goals they are expected to reach, etc. – requires Personal Leadership skills. Personal Leadership skills include, for example, an understanding of how to communicate on a higher level and how to work with a personal and professional mission and vision. Personal Leadership skills require regular updates; therefore it is necessary to de-clutter habits, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that no longer work. And a basic understanding of habitual impediments and hindrances is also a must.
Did I mention that knowing your own blind spots is required as a leader? Why? Because if you choose to live as a leader, no matter who you are and where you work or what your personal life looks like, you are mastering ‘the making of choices.’ And if you choose from habit, chaos, or confusion, you direct the outcome to be the same – discord and more of what happened before.
We, at the Center of Innovation for Leadership, in Sacramento, work on updating your whole team’s individual Personal Leadership skills. Just imagine the result if everyone in the team understands working together at a higher level – that everyone can be inspired by each other!
For a free assessment of the team and for more information about workshops and coaching about Personal Leadership contact our team