Leading Self

Thuy Sindell Posted by Thuy Sindell.

Thuy Sindell is the founder and president of Skyline Group International’s Coaching Division.


Leading Self

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We often think about leading others, but how often do we think about leading OURSELVES?  In this special, exclusive excerpt from Hidden Strengths-- Unleashing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have, read all about it. 


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Leading Self

This category of skills is about how you regulate the kind of person you want to be as a leader and a professional. When you are grounded in who you are and can manage your emotions, you exude a quiet confidence that inspires others. These skills may appear more like natural talents or traits, but they in fact can be learned. We have worked with thousands of leaders to help them build stronger skills in these areas, and you can do it, too!

Emotional Control. This is your ability to maintain a professional, respectful attitude during stressful situations. It is the opposite of being reactive and allowing your emotions to get the best of you. When you operate at a high level of Emotional Control, you are able to prevent knee-jerk reactions that can damage relationships and your reputation. The more Emotional Control you demonstrate, the more approachable and credible you seem, and the more people will be willing to follow your lead. Others trust that no matter what happens, you can keep your cool and handle any situation that comes at you.

Flexibility. This is your ability to bend without breaking. You are open to change and new information. You adapt quickly in response to shifting conditions and willingly compromise instead of rigidly sticking to your ideas. When you are flexible, you don’t feel stuck if something doesn’t work out or when changes are needed; instead, you look at possible alternatives and choose the best one. The more Flexibility you demonstrate, the more likely you are to remain relevant and contribute in a meaningful way.

Integrity. This is your ability to do the right thing. You demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and fairness. You operate in a state of alignment between your beliefs, values, and actions. Integrity inspires trust and confidence because people perceive you as incorruptible. They believe you have their best interests and the best interests of the organization at heart. The more Integrity you demonstrate, the more others will be motivated to buy into your ideas and follow your lead.

Resilience. This is your ability to deal with stressful circumstances and still perform effectively. You have the mental, emotional, and physical stamina to withstand adversity. You demonstrate focus and optimism under pressure, and you can be trusted to turn disruptions into growth opportunities. When you operate with Resilience, the uncertainties inherent in today’s business conditions, including reorganizations, downsizings, mergers, and budget constraints, do not throw you off. By remaining productive and levelheaded amid the chaos, you show that you can take on higher levels of responsibility.

Self-Confidence. This is your ability to express your belief in your own capabilities without arrogance. You know you have what it takes to get the job done. There is clarity and directness in the opinions you express and the actions you take. When you operate with Self-Confidence, you exert powerful influence over others. They believe in your abilities because they can see that you believe in yourself.

Executive Presence. This is your ability to command the room. You display poise, authenticity, competence, and commitment. People respect you and want you in the driver’s seat. When you exercise Executive Presence, you deliver messages in a way that inspires others to action. They want to follow your lead. In fact, Executive Presence is the essence of leadership. It is earned authority. It is how you influence others and the direction of your team, department, or organization. It is one of the most vital business skills you can develop and master.

Work/Life Balance. This is your ability to achieve balance between the professional and personal aspects of your life. You feel fully engaged in both of these important areas and can easily switch focus from one to the other. Although balance is typically considered a 50:50 ratio, Work/Life Balance is more subjective. The ratios differ for different people and for different times in their lives. With Work/Life Balance you avoid frustrations from your work spilling over into your personal life, and vice versa. It is key to a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable and fulfilling livelihood.

Which of these areas do you feel you are strongest in?  Share your thoughts in the comments! 




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