Self-leadership: The Future of Success

Technology aside, there are several principles of doing business in the present that will gain significantly more relevance to doing business in the future. The development and empowerment of the human capital that makes a business functional from a rational point of view should always remain at the core of those principles. This is the first part of a series of entries that will discuss the importance of developing advanced leadership skills to keep businesses valid and adjusted to times.

Let us start with self-leadership. Sharon E. Norris, Ph.D. in organizational leadership at Regent University’s School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship, examines the topic on her study “An Examination of Self-Leadership”. Norris notes that the changes in workforce and in organizational structures are requiring “employees willing to accept more responsibility and make efforts to improve their individual performance”. This translates into a need for businesses to hire employees willing and capable to lead themselves.

In a fast-evolving world, those lacking self-leadership skills will fall on the backseat of professional growth and will ultimately stop being competitive at a professional level. Part of the natural evolution of a human being requires individuals to develop and improve self-leadership capabilities that will enable and drive their professional growth. This is a central focus in everything we do with our clients at Integro Success, especially as we work with a client’s sales force, break it into pieces through individual analysis and develop self-leadership skills to improve the sales process. The end result is a self-starter sales force with a clear notion of its goals at both the collective and individual level.

Norris quotes Manz & Sims’ 1989 definition of self-leadership as a concept that “describes people who take personal responsibility, direct their own efforts, motivate themselves, and renew their thinking patterns”.  25 years later that description continues to provide a clear standard of the basic traits of a self-leader.  Ownership, motivation and education; these all are critical elements to watch and develop at the individual level in every organization to secure its growth and success.

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