Self-leadership is a really important skill to build-up in organizations to become innovative and agile. Companies that show high self-leadership skills can more easily adjust to a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous environment (VUCA).
Because every employee will respond to a VUCA world with Vision, Understanding, Clarity and Agility.
How can you foster more self-leadership in your organization?
Neurologically spoken you need to provide a significant amount of understanding of self-leadership among your employees. You need to train self-leadership and your employees need to have the space as well as the flexibility to apply self-leadership.
We build-up self-leadership in organizations in three phases:
PHASE 1: Understand yourself
Understanding yourself means to apply a deep understanding of how you have been wired – how you can regulate yourself and how you can connect to your full potential.
Know how your brain is wired
We human beings have a unique and fascinating brain. We are born unfinished and until 25 our brain is formed. However, until a very high age, we have the ability to adapt to different environments since we are not hardwired. This means that every situation, every new event or relationship will shape our brains.
Knowing this it is quite important to understand how our brain has been shaped predominantly during our life experience. We normally conduct individual or team personality tests, such as DISC or MBTI to understand how we may behave in certain situations.
We also mention that our brain dominance is not ending and each new experience such as Corona will change our personality style.
We have not only neurons in our brain, we have another 20 billion neurons in our autonomous and endogenous system. Especially in times of home office, we recommend to exercise frequently embodiment, mindfulness and focus exercises.
The embodiment exercises are simple desk yoga exercises that will help you to activate your parasympathetic nervous system and to calm down stress.
Mindfulness exercises help you to shut down the brain frequency in your cognition (brain) – If you are deeply connected with your parasympathetic nervous system you will be able to connect to your unconscious and your creativity and intuition. Hence, the focus of working should no longer be conducted than 25 minutes followed by a subsequent pause.
Connect to your full potential
Living and working according to your strengths will help you to foster high performance talents in your organization. Hence it is even more important to discover your own values and strengths. We normally conduct with teams, Martin Seligmen’s values in action. Try it out here and find out what your top five strengths are.
PHASE 2: Set your focus
Your organization will only grow exponentially if you have people that have their own purpose, vision, goal and care and that will integrate it in your organization’s vision alignment. How can you achieve this?
Set your Purpose & Vision
We align in a three step approach with teams to set their own purpose and vision. It is not an easy step to define a clear vision where to go but it is an important step to get achievements done.
Set your goal and care
As a subsequent step, we align required goals and how to build-up a growth mindset and care to achieve these goals. This is important to become persevering to achieve things.
Keep yourself motivated
Even with the best defined purpose and vision, it is not always easy to keep yourself motivated to continue your goal achievement. Hence we recommend easy techniques to keep motivation on a daily basis high and to allow everyone to see that a vision is a journey of growth.
PHASE 3: Live your focus
Even if you have people that have a clear vision for themselves and your company it is a daily effort to keep everyone to live according to their focus. We have another three easy techniques to keep the focus setup high.
Develop a growth mindset
A growth mindset is a positive attitude to learn to develop your own growth path and to motivate yourself with the right resources to step out of the comfort zone into the growth zone. This also includes a good understanding of how to stay healthy in the growth zone.
Regulate your emotions
It is important to understand situations if we are more in a stressful balance or if we have a good work-life balance. Especially for high potentials it is important to provide good techniques to balance stress and to regulate emotions to connect to cognition and creativity.
Connect to your full potential
Thoughts create feelings and feelings create behavior. We can determine our own destiny and our own wellbeing. Building up a positive and innovative culture it is even more important to teach cognitive behavior techniques to twist all negative thoughts into positive emotions.
We currently develop a course for high potentials to learn how to lead yourself. If you are interested to get Beta access, please subscribe here.
We hope now you have a better understanding of self-leadership and would love to hear your opinion about it.
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Take care and stay healthy,
Your Amaze Growth Team