As a leader, a lot of emphasis is put on the way we manage others - but managing yourself is just as important. This module looks at some fundamental self-management practices to help you stay on top of your game.
Adopting a growth mindset
A mindset is a mental attitude that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations.
Research suggests that your mindset can have a profound effect on your motivation and achievement.
Being a source of positivity
Imagine you walk into work every day and are faced with a leader who has a negative attitude. You are constantly told that “It can’t be done” or “It’s not possible”.
How would that make you feel? Would you enjoy going to work? Would you be inspired to achieve?
Initiative means seeing something that needs to be done and starting it. It means taking the first step rather than waiting for someone else or waiting for a "better time". Forward momentum relies on people taking initiative; without it you'll just tread water.
Building trust with others
Trust is the key to building strong working relationships and inspiring loyalty from those who look to you for direction. You cannot effectively lead people if they do not trust you.
They may follow you because they have to, but you will never truly win them over if they do not trust you.
As a leader you have a lot of responsibility, and with responsibility comes stress and pressure. But you can't let that stress and pressure get the better of you because your team members look to you for guidance and stability.
They need you to be calm and level-headed, even when things get tough. If you let things get the better of you, your team members will too, and it will negatively impact their morale and productivity.