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Self Leadership

Leading yourself to success

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Determine that self-leadership is influencing yourself so you develop the self-direction and self-motivation to carry out a task.
  • Recognise the benefits of self-leadership include a sense of achievement and happiness which can flow through to your business and your team.
  • Learn about the key elements of self-leadership, including goal-setting, constructive thought patterns, designing natural rewards, self-monitoring and self-reinforcement.
  • Apply our recommendations for addressing any issues with your self-leadership.


Regardless of what we do in life, the one person who has the greatest impact on our own success or failure is ourselves. Self-leadership is a skill that once mastered can have an enormous impact on our business and personal lives. It is defined as the process of influencing oneself to establish the self-direction and self-motivation to perform a task.

Self-leadership is considered to be the most important characteristic sought by many leading organisations when looking to employ new team members. Skills and the ability to do the job are of course important, but a person’s ability to self-motivate is considered essential. The personal benefits of self-leadership include an increased sense of achievement and happiness, and these then flow through to the business if self-leadership is encouraged and developed through the team.

There has been extensive academic research into self-leadership and some key elements have been identified as essential in the process. Authors Charles Manz and Christopher Neck define them as personal goal-setting, constructive thought patterns, designing natural rewards, self-monitoring and self-reinforcement.

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