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Influencing Ourselves Through Self-Leadership

Updated: Mar 1, 2023


Leadership is about exercising influence to achieve an outcome.

Leadership involves a realistic self-confidence, good self-management, personal flexibility and being able to relate to people well. Research has consistently showed that good leadership impacts the bottom line, enabling innovation, learning, and employee engagement.

Self-leadership is a process whereby people influence themselves to be able to perform consistently in a way that will achieve their goals. Self-leadership strategies address key aspects of behavior, thinking and emotions management that shape performance. These strategies generate a sense of personal agency and emotional wellbeing that, in turn, help to reduce strain, conserve energy and increase personal effectiveness. Self-leadership can be learned.

The self-leadership strategies are captured in the Self-leadership questionnaire. By working through the questions you can reflect on your own self-leadership strengths and areas for further development. THE SELF-LEADERSHIP QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. I establish specific goals for my own performance

  2. I make a point of tracking how well I’m doing at work

  3. I work toward specific goals I have set for myself

  4. I visualize myself successfully performing a task before I do it

  5. Sometimes I picture in my mind a successful performance before I actually do a task

  6. When I have successfully completed a task, I often reward myself with something I like

  7. Sometimes I talk to myself (out loud or in my head) to work through difficult situations

  8. I try to mentally evaluate the accuracy of my own beliefs about situations I am having problems with

  9. I think about my own beliefs and assumptions whenever I encounter a difficult situation

For more information on how you can improve your own self-leadership skills contact Mindinsight. [1] Houghton, J.D., Dawley, D. & DiLiello, T.C. (2012). The abbreviated self-leadership questionnaire (ASLQ): A more concise measure of self-leadership. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(2), 216-232

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