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NOVEMBER 2023

SELF-LEADERSHIP

“It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.”

 

Our theme this month is Self-Leadership, and it couldn't be more apt for ambitious women on their quest for success. Self-leadership is the cornerstone of carving out your own path, making intentional choices, and boldly steering your life and career toward your goals.

It's about becoming the CEO of your own life. 

 

As Oprah Winfrey famously said, "It doesn't matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always."

 

Let's dive deeper into the world of self-leadership, and to gain interesting insights and practical steps that can help professional women like you own their journey, cultivate authenticity, and build unwavering resilience. There may be no shortcuts to success, but there is a path: and this path starts with you!

 

It's about becoming the CEO of your own life. 

1. Know Thyself:

Understanding your values, strengths, and weaknesses is the foundation of self-leadership. Take the time to reflect on your goals and what truly motivates you. Knowing yourself enables you to set clear objectives that align with your passions and purpose.

 

2. Embrace Your Vision:

Just as a CEO sets a vision for their company, set a vision for your life and career. Where do you want to be in one, five, or ten years? Define your aspirations and create a roadmap to guide you towards your goals.

 

3. Strategic Decision-Making:

Self-leadership involves making informed decisions that serve your best interests. Analyze your choices carefully, consider the long-term impact, and have the confidence to make decisions aligned with your vision.

 

4. Take Action:

It's not enough to dream; action is key. Like Oprah's famous mantra, "Then do it!" Start small, but start somewhere. Each step, no matter how minor, is a step towards your goal.

 

5. Resilience and Adaptability:

Success rarely comes without setbacks. Be prepared to face challenges and setbacks along the way. Develop resilience and adaptability as key traits. Learn from failures and bounce back stronger.

 

6. Self-Care:

As a self-leader, it's crucial to prioritize self-care. Your physical and mental well-being are your most valuable assets. Ensure you maintain a healthy work-life balance, manage stress, and nurture your personal growth.

 

7. Seek Mentorship and Support:

Don't hesitate to seek guidance and mentorship from those who have walked a similar path. Networking and building a support system can provide valuable insights and encouragement.

 

8. Continuous Learning:

Stay up-to-date with industry trends and invest in your personal development. The journey to success is an ongoing process of growth and learning.

Self-leadership is the catalyst for professional women to not only navigate but thrive in their careers and personal lives. By taking control of your path, understanding your purpose, and developing resilience, you empower yourself to reach your goals authentically and with unwavering determination.

 

As you embrace your inner CEO, remember that your journey begins with you. There may be challenges, but there are also endless opportunities waiting for you to seize. So, take the helm, chart your course, and set sail towards the success that's rightfully yours.

Take 100% responsibility for your success. No excuses. No whinging in the corner. Crying allowed, as long as you are ready to reset and continue to follow your path. We believe in you.

 

Be #gracefullyBOLD.

ASK YOURSELF FIVE QUESTIONS

  1. Am I proactively setting and pursuing my own goals and priorities, or am I often reacting to external demands and pressures? (never, sometimes, often, always)

  2. Do I take responsibility for my decisions and actions, or do I tend to blame external factors or other people for my challenges and setbacks? (never, sometimes, often, always)

  3. Am I self-aware, regularly assessing my strengths, weaknesses, values, and passions to guide my choices and actions? (not self-aware, a bit self-aware, often self-aware, very self-aware) 

  4. How effectively do I manage my time and resources to align with my long-term vision and goals? (little, sometimes, often, always)

  5. Do I demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity and setbacks, or do I tend to get discouraged or give up easily?(little, sometimes, often, always)

Once you answered, go through the list again and come up with a concrete example for each of the points. Can you see a pattern? Where could you step-up?

Mary Wollstonecraft

"I do not wish women to have power over men, but over themselves." 

Diane von Furstenberg

"You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness."

Oprah Winfrey

"I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."

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