Self-Development and Leadership

Sep 29, 2021

I, like you, have experienced many different kinds of leaders in my life. From our principals to coaches, instructors to bosses, everyone does something a little different and still manages to lead people. We all have a little bit of leadership built into us, although some people develop their skills while others are comfortable following the leader. There’s no judgment here, it takes all kinds of kinds. I was very involved in extracurricular in high school and began my own leadership development then. It was accelerated when I attended nursing school at the University of Mary (tag line: America’s Leadership University)  and was invited into the Emerging Leaders Academy. Again, I was exposed to many different leadership styles, despite us all having the same leadership training. Some of my classmates have gone on to fulfill leadership roles in their careers and communities, others use that knowledge to be better employees/parents/humans. 


No matter the role we all have in life now, one thing remains the same. We all value self-development. See, to lead people well, you must know yourself well. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and have the confidence to admit which is which. You must be confident in the choices you make, but also open to suggestions. People who have not yet begun any form of self-development will likely struggle with that paradigm. If you are not self-aware it is difficult to know which areas you may need more guidance with and which ones you’re sure enough about to stand your ground. 


Even if you’re not in a leadership role in your career or community, you do have influence with those you’re around. And after all, leadership is in part, influence. Your kids, your friends, your coworkers, etc are all influenced by your actions and behaviors. Can you see how a better understanding of yourself could make you a better employee? A better parent? A better spouse? A better friend? 


This week, I encourage you to learn something new about yourself. Take an online personality test, reflect on the things that upset you and WHY, make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Make a list of the people you have influence with. Are you leading them in a way you’re proud of? 


Strong leaders are those who value self-development. If you’re ready to start your self-development journey, let’s talk. Find a spot on my calendar so we can explore the best ways for you to live life as the best version of yourself, ultimately influencing your loved ones in a way that makes you proud. 


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