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Self-Leadership: What Is It, Do You Really Need It, and How Do You Develop It?

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Self-leadership is a crucial aspect of professional growth and career advancement. It means taking responsibility for your actions, emotions, and decisions and developing the skills necessary to lead yourself so you can more effectively lead others.

You may be thinking that self-leadership comes naturally. You may think: I know how to lead my life. I have a job, perhaps a career. I manage to get up every morning, decide what to wear and how I will spend my time. I manage to eat, sleep, and even have some fun occasionally. What could be missing, and why should I care?

What you may not have thought of, however, is how much better your life and career could be if you fully develop the skills of self-leadership.

So what is self-leadership?

Self-leadership entails understanding yourself, establishing goals, and being accountable for your own actions. To lead yourself most effectively, you must first understand "what makes you tick," what typically trips you up (your hidden weaknesses and triggers), and what you can do about it.

Self-leadership helps you proactively seek opportunities and develop resilience and adaptability amid workplace (or life) changes and challenges. Through self-leadership, you can cultivate a growth mindset crucial for success and ongoing personal development.

Emotional Intelligence is a significant component of Self-Leadership

Emotional intelligence is essential for personal and professional growth and success. It requires the ability to recognize and manage your own emotions and respond appropriately to the feelings of others. If you have high emotional intelligence, you can communicate effectively, build robust relationships with your colleagues and clients, and easily navigate difficult situations. You are also better equipped to handle stress and manage conflicts, leading to better outcomes for yourself, your loved ones, and your organization(s).

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Developing emotional intelligence involves recognizing and understanding your emotions. This means reflecting on your feelings, identifying patterns or triggers that may impact your behavior, and developing healthy and productive strategies to manage them. It is also crucial to be aware of the emotions of others and practice empathy and active listening skills. Paying attention to verbal and nonverbal cues and taking the time to understand others' perspectives and feelings is essential.

Emotional intelligence requires a high degree of self-awareness. And self-awareness begins by honestly assessing who you are, how you think, what situations trigger less-than-optimal behaviors, and what beliefs may be impacting your thoughts and emotions in ways that create unhelpful responses to the behaviors of others.

The problem is many of us think that we are much more self-aware than we actually are. If only there were a way to identify the stuff that is holding you back, keeping you stuck, and preventing you from making the strides you want to make in your personal and professional life, you could develop the necessary skills of self-leadership and become the person you aspire most to be.

Does that sound too good to be true? Well, I can tell you that it's possible to do.

How Axiogenics™ Aids the Development of Self-leadership

Axiogenics™ is a powerful self-leadership development program that I offer to my coaching clients to help them identify cognitive patterns that, in turn, assist them in naming and overcoming any limiting beliefs or thought practices that may be holding them back from achieving their full potential.

The good news is that this "works" for everyone who takes it seriously and does the work of valuegenic self-leadership development. The better news is that it is anchored in science: the science of formal axiology (the science of valuation) and neuroscience (the science of brain behavior), and the best news is that once you learn how to identify your "habit holes" and the ways that your subconscious acts to produce unhelpful thoughts and emotions, which then lead to unhelpful behaviors, you can apply what you have learned to any and every facet of life and work.

The bad news is that it doesn't work if you do not use it.

By using Axiogenics™, you can develop a deeper understanding of your cognitive strengths (we call these ASSETS; they are your most clear ways of thinking) and non-strengths (we call these BIASES; they are your potentially clouded ways of thinking and perceiving), enabling you to make more informed and valuegenic (not self-centric) decisions in all areas of your life. This, in turn, helps you become a more effective leader, both personally and professionally.

How often have you told someone you wanted to "add value" or "provide a valuable experience" for a client, a friend, a family member, or a life partner? Well, by bringing Axiogenics into your life, you can.

In today's fast-paced and complex business environment, successful leadership depends on having effective communication and interpersonal skills. Axiogenics can assist you in developing these skills by analyzing how your cognitive patterns impact your interactions with others. You can increase your chances of achieving your goals by enhancing your ability to communicate, establish more robust relationships, and foster greater trust and collaboration within your team.

I have witnessed the incredible growth and success that comes with mastering Valuegenic Self-Leadership, both personally and professionally. It's truly inspiring. I have seen transformations in my own life as well as in the lives of my clients.

That's why I'm thrilled to share an exceptional opportunity with my community. I've heard from individuals who have found one-on-one coaching sessions to be out of their budget, so I'm excited to offer a group coaching program that includes the Axiogenics V/Q assessment, the web-based Valuegenic Self-Leadership program, and group discussions with fellow learners. With this program, you can achieve the same results as through individual coaching but at a much more affordable price.

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