Sunday, 07 September 2014 01:00

Do You Enable Self-Leadership?

As a prolific provider of Leadership and Management training, discussion and debate around the qualities of great leaders is, as you might imagine, a regular occurrence for us. Leadership is a massive subject. There seems to be a limitless supply of articles blogs and discussions available on the Internet and in industry magazines debating what it means to be a leader in the modern world.

When we ask for examples of great leaders, common responses include the likes of Winston Churchill, Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela. There are often parallels drawn between the worlds of business and sport with Alex Ferguson and Martin Johnson often cited for their distinctive leadership styles.

When it comes to really successful and growth businesses however, there is an aspect to leadership that is often overlooked; self-leadership.

Enabling self-leadership in itself takes great leadership to achieve, but businesses and organisations that encourage and facilitate their employees to be self-leaders can reap the benefits of staff who:

  • Are willing and able to make decisions
  • Understand what their responsibilities are and recognise their accountability
  • Are creative in problem solving and persist in the face of adversity
  • Set their own objectives and achieve them

The key to self-leadership is being able to recognise where you are for any particular task or competency. Consider four main stages:

  • Unconscious Incompetence – you’re unaware of a task and, understandably you don’t know how to accomplish it
  • Conscious Incompetence – you recognise there’s a task to be done but you don’t know how to accomplish it
  • Conscious Competence – you recognise the task and with some effort and concentration you can accomplish it
  • Unconscious Competence – accomplishing the task is a breeze, you could do it one handed

Recognising when you need help isn’t a sign of failure but an appreciation of which stage you are at. It’s also a sign of self-leadership. It can sometimes be difficult for an employee to ask for support, which is why self-leadership must be understood and enabled from the very top of an organisation.

Organisational culture is a phrase we tend to use a lot but it’s exactly where the difference lies between those businesses that see the value in enabling their employees to self-lead and those that persist with a tell and do attitude that eventually spirals downward to destruction due to poor morale and inefficiency.

If you’re interested in promoting a culture of self-leadership and aspire to business growth, then talk to us about our new Self-leadership training course, developed by Ken Blanchard. Call us on 01452 331331, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us through the link below.



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