Sort yourself out before you lead others

If part of our journey to success involves leading others we should firstly reflect on  – how effective are we in leading ourself? Do we have a framework within which we manage and lead our life? Do we have a written statement of what we believe in? or how we want to be perceived by others?

Many of us will work to a set of rules and guidelines that dictate how we behave and engage with colleagues, friends and our community. Individuals that go on to achieve long lasting sustainable success and personal growth have a moral compass embedded within their mindset, it governs how they lead their life – it also impacts significantly on how they lead others.

As part of your quest for success you should consider developing a personal creed – A Personal creed is linked to our vision however it is more about what we believe rather than what we want to become. A personal creed is a statement of belief about who you are. One way to think about a creed is as a blueprint for how we live our life.

A personal creed provides a guide for us on how to lead our life. It should become part of your mindset to navigate how we make decisions and take action. If we find our self wandering aimlessly through life, our creed helps us decide on which path for to follow. If you already have goals in life but come to a fork in the road, a creed makes it clear which way to turn. In constructing your own personal credo, think about the following:

  • How do you want to be of service to friends, family, colleagues and profession?
  • What is your promise to others?
  • How do you want others to describe what you do and what you are about?
  • What are the rules that govern how you deal with others?

In developing a credo you must be precise, otherwise you will create set of generic meaningless phrases that fail to capture the essence of who you are. Take time out to discover the real you. This provides the right foundation upon which to lead others.

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