Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Leadership: Rebuilding organizations through self



Various experiences have shown that there is a calling for moral and ethical self-leaders. Many may have opinions and derogatory statements in reference to leaders’ decisions; however, leaders have to live with those decisions. This blog post is addressing the tenacity, resourcefulness, vision and the ‘not listening to others’ to achieve success model: self-leadership.

The term self-leadership is described differently in the field of academia and the leadership profession. In this blog, self-leadership will be approached from the Furtner, Rauthmann, and Sachse (2010) definition “managing one’s own thoughts and behaviors in order to intrinsically pursue goals effectively and be productive (p. 1191).” By focusing on Furtner and colleagues description of self-leadership, it may allow for a greater understanding of the possible implication of autonomy and self-directed learning that one could engage to guide their success regardless of field of study or career.

Within present day society, role models and mentors are becoming scarce due to immoral decisions in their own personal life. This creates a need for individuals to develop as a leader more independently. One of the dangerous of doing this is that without moral and/or ethical checks and balance, a person may develop the wrong skills to succeed. However, by engaging in self-leadership behaviors that seek to succeed within a moral and ethical manner, a new generation of leaders will grow to hold executive positions within organizations that have been abandoned. In order to develop this positive sense of successfully self-leadership, one has to guide their own learning and curtail their behaviors and associates to ensure that they display knowledge, skills and abilities of a moral and ethical leader.

All in all, choose whom you surround yourself with because without a moral and/or ethical mentor, you could be one of those leaders who may make a poor executive decision! Life is not about people pleasing; it is pleasing one’s higher calling! Who are you trying to impress?

Furtner, m. R., rauthmann, j. F., & sachse, p. (2010). The socioemotionally intelligent self-leader: examining relations between self-leadership and socioemotional intelligence. Social Behavior & Personality: An International Journal, 38(9), 1191-1196. doi:10.2224/sbp.2010.38.9.1191

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