Personal Skills – Self Leadership


Self leadership is defined as possessing a developed sense of

  • Who you are
  • What you can do
  • Where you are going along with your ability to influence your emotion, communication and behavior on your way to getting there

The Difference between Leadership and Self Leadership

While leadership is about influencing and leading others, self leadership is about leading yourself. It is the process through which you influence yourself to achieve your objectives.

Important Traits of Self-Leadership

Below we will take a look into the important traits of self-leadership


Self-awareness is all about knowing yourself i.e. your objectives, your values, your beliefs, your strengths, your weaknesses, your motivations, your influences thus everything about yourself.

Once you have a better insight into who you are, what drives you, what influences you, what has power over you and affects you, you become a more self aware person and a more effective person.


Self confidence is about having confidence in you. This can be about anything your strengths, your abilities, your achievements, your intelligence and even your appearance. While certain individuals are naturally more self confident than others self confidence is a skill which can be acquired.


Self-efficacy is the belief that we can handle whatever comes our way. Self efficacy is a set of skills that allows us to deal with any given situation, overcome challenges, learn from the situation and evolve as a better human being.


Self control is also an important part of self-leadership as it allows you to be in control of your reaction. Though circumstances are not within your control the way you react to these is always within your control. This suggests that you stop and step back from factors/things that serve as a trigger and drive you to react.


Intention is another important factor to look out for as intention is pivotal to what we are trying to achieve. Once we start being intentional we are in a better position to live a life of our choice. Let’s have a look at the intention process and how it affects our action

While our intention precedes our action, our action precedes influence and finally impact is how both intention and influence

Final Thought

Self-leadership can be thought of as the foundation of leadership as leaders in order to lead and influence others should be able to self lead themselves. However, self-leadership is not a trait which is restricted to leadership as it is personal skill which individuals should take advantage of in order to boost their efficacy.



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