Core of successful leadership is self management

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right – Henry Ford.

Leadership is nothing but the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this. Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspirational vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go and win as a team or an organization; it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring.


The words "leader" and "leadership" are often used incorrectly to describe people who are actually managing. These individuals may be highly skilled, good at their jobs, and valuable to their organizations – but that just makes them excellent managers – not leaders.


A leader is always in demand by everyone and he/she has to be available to solve the issues and guide them for better results and satisfaction. Leaders generally fail do so because they are not self-managed. To manage oneself well, one needs to plan his/her day-to-day work meticulously and ensure the following:

  1. Setting the target of the day, not the list of work to be done in a week.

  2. Plan small and achieve success, it will give a sense of achievement, happiness and keeps the morale of individual and the team.

  3. Take small breaks after the target is achieved and celebrate each achievement, no matter how small a target is; it brings positive energy in the body, mind and environment.

  4. Focus on time critical work first and meet deadlines. It reduces anxiety.

  5. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Lead the team with your strengths; work on your weaknesses off line.

  6. Team, you are leading, shall be informed about the target to be achieved with clarity of targets, processes, resources and the timeline.

  7. Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon. Leaders are not super-humans. Take care of your food, rest, health and amusement with proper time table and follow it religiously to be available for the next day with more energy and enthusiasm.

  8. Assess your plan at the end of the day, revise if necessary. Clear back-log at priority to accommodate new tasks.

  9. Do meditation and listen to music to refresh your emotions and manage your thought process.

  10. Infuse positive energy in the team, generate new ideas and take calculated risks.


Leaders must work for the welfare of the team, keep them motivated and happy so that they can deliver maximum and feel satisfied. Keep negative thoughts at distance and replace them with positive ideas. Lastly, leaders must remember all the time that they are leaders, not managers to manage the work somehow; others should feel inspired by their work and their working style.

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