It is often that when we talk about psychological factors that can make us earn more with less, we are talking about the importance of leadership. A good leader is able to get the most out of a team, to take advantage of everyone’s potential and to bring them into a work dynamic where everyone is complementary. However, we often forget something as important or more important as this. It’s about self-leadership.
After all, to create some order around a project, we must first order ourselves, make sure that the actions we take really correspond to our medium and long term goals, and that there is no no inconsistencies between what we say we want to do. and what we really do. Throughout this article, we will see what exactly self-leadership is and how we can improve and develop this quality.
What is self-leadership?
Self-leadership is the set of psychological skills that support self-control, the ability to avoid distractions and supervision of one’s own actions according to their degree of compatibility with medium and long-term objectives, according to the capacities that one considers to have.
Thus, we can say that self-leadership is made up of psychological processes responsible for making us have the maximum chance of achieving medium and long-term goals, knowing that there will always be a certain degree of uncertainty in what we offer. in the future, and that we have limited resources to get what we want. Knowing how to make decisions correctly and using what we have intelligently are two key elements of self-leadership.
On the other hand, self-leadership is related to self-efficacy and self-concept, so that one can bring our projects to fruition you must be realistic and not strive for unreasonable goals; but it is also related to the strategies necessary to know how to channel our efforts well, so that we do not get sidelined. Among these strategies we find, for example, those that allow us to prioritize tasks and focus attention.
Components of self-leadership
between the elements that make up self-leadership, We find the following.
1. Detailed reflection on the objective
These skills are those that allow us to formulate in the most concrete way possible an objective that we want to achieve. They are mainly 3:
- Imagination of the goal by degrees of complexity (from the full summary).
- Assessment of the internal consistency of the objective.
- Assess the implications of the goal for third parties (imagine who does harm and who benefits).
2. Situation assessment and planning skills
These are the skills which allow a good diagnosis of the present moment and which make it possible to obtain an x-ray of which relevant elements in order to develop a project in which it is necessary to think in the medium or long term. Basically they are:
- Assessment of own strengths and weaknesses.
- Imagination of different future situations
- Analysis of the degree of uncertainty.
- Prioritization and sequencing actions to follow.
3. Attention and control skills
These skills are those that have to do with the implementation of the plan and with the concentration of cognitive resources in the implementation and monitoring of the plan. There are three types of self-leadership skills:
Delay of gratuity.
- Ability to focus attention.
- Ability to compare goals and results.
How to improve in this mental capacity?
As with many other psychological phenomena, it is possible to train this set of skills and hone them with practice. Below you can read several tips and steps to improve self-leadership.
1. Create hierarchies of facts when analyzing the present
When creating plans and subdividing goals, it’s important to make sure everything forms a hierarchy, from the most concrete to the most abstract (or vice versa). This way, it will be much easier to get used to analyzing situations and to include in our “mind map” of the present everything that is relevant.
A good way to do this is do a SWOT analysis first for a description of the present. In each of its categories, it is possible to order the elements according to their degree of specificity and importance, placing the more specific in broader categories. Thus, for the same hierarchical category, it will be easier to detect the elements which work in favor and the elements which work against, which will then make it possible to know whether a plan is viable or not, and if so, with which aspects they must. be addressed. highest priority and how much power is needed to take advantage of it.
2. Get used to creating detailed plans and deadlines
Establishing a time when specific tasks need to be done is ideal so as not to get distracted, prioritize and organize the available resources. Make a Gantt chart later, to go from “photographing” time 0 to visualizing how a plan or project can be deployed over time.
This creation of deadlines or deadlines has to go into detail, so that every day there is something to be done within a specific number of hours. Otherwise, you run the risk of leaving everything at the last minute, which has negative repercussions in all respects.
3. Look for allies and delegate
In some projects it is possible to collaborate with third parties and delegate tasks, and in each of them it is necessary to first ask yourself if it is possible, to at least consider this possibility. In this way, the more strategic actions can be left to self-control, while those that are more technical or procedural can be taken by another person. In this way, a dynamic is generated in which there is no unnecessary interference between the execution of tasks.
4. Create suitable workspaces
This is an aspect of self-leadership that is often overlooked, as it is sometimes assumed that knowing how to manage your own bar is a task that has to do with introspection and “internal” management. However, this is a myth, because when working, the differentiation between oneself and the environment is simply a mirage.
Therefore, every effort should be made to ensure that the environment in which we work offers all the comforts that it is reasonable to achieve. For example, eliminating distractions is an often overlooked step, but it helps a lot.
5. Live a healthy life
It might sound silly, but following the logic of the previous tips, we need to do everything we can to ensure that our interaction with the environment, whether through diet or exercise, puts us in the best possible mood for work. . Of course, you also need to sleep well.
Conclusion: be our own leader to develop exciting projects
The idea behind everything we’ve seen is that in order to get the most out of what we have, we first need to know how to manage our own time, resources, and effort. It is not something that is achieved simply by accumulating products to work with, but rather we need to develop various skills that will allow us to maximize our chances of success and that in addition, they can be generalized to any initiative that we are going to have. The expressions of self-leadership that we show by starting our own business, for example, will probably be noticed also when we are trained in a new area of knowledge, or when we are parents.
In short, it is good to know that with less we can do more, if we have the predisposition to adopt this philosophy and with the right knowledge of our own capacities.