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Personal Mastery and Leadership
Nations, private and public organizations, governmental and nongovernmental organizations need great leaders that play a role model to lead and inspire individuals and societies. Leadership must be linked with vision, commitment, involvement, and dedication to help individual organizational self-development and self-confidence of the people. Acting so, the transformational leader inspires and motivates followers who believe that the leader is fair and credible, beginning to see themselves as a link in the same victory channel to:
- think creatively to nurture the seeds of change and transformational vision to act accordingly to performance results, and ethically.
- take effective actions that enhance their capacities and influence their life and therefore the trajectory of their group or organization
- recognize reality and remain grounded on it, understanding that they could influence others.
It is important for a leader to understand the vision and the mission of the organization. A leader who has achieved personal mastery would be able to identify the methods on how to effectively achieve the organization’s goals. Personal mastery helps a person identify what are their guiding values and their goals.
Personal mastery allows people to deal with change. Change is one thing constant in this world. Leaders and organizations should be open to change. Accepting that change is inevitable prepares leaders and organizations to also change their methods to be able to achieve their goals.
Personal mastery allows a leader to develop characteristics that would help them deal with difficult situations and pressures. It also helps a leader to understand and deal with the team members’ weaknesses and strengths.
Effective leaders should understand how to give feedback and criticisms without sounding as if to chastise the person. The intention behind providing feedback is giving support; it is never intended to be an order or to control the person. Personal mastery helps individuals develop an effective way of managing their emotions. This would help leaders when they are giving criticisms, they would learn to respond instead of reacting.
Personal mastery instills integrity, authenticity and confidence in a leader. These are the characteristics which would help a leader to have a clear vision and at the same clearer and more decisive action. Personal mastery could increase the potential of a leader. Business leaders have been testifying that stepping towards personal mastery can provide changes in the leadership, performance and have decisive and significant results.
It is important to get back to the basics. The core for an organization and business success relies on human capital. A leader should think that he or she is capable of influencing change.
The benefits of personal mastery for leadership have broad and deep effects. Its effects can also be felt for a long time. There are numerous programs where business executives and organizational leaders can apply to achieve personal mastery in their chosen career.
There are countless leaders who have testified that undergoing personal mastery programs have enabled them to maintain balance in their lives and at the same time shape them into becoming effective leaders. But even so, members or any individual can still apply to be a part of the programs. There are great benefits if all the members of the team would undergo transformation because of the personal mastery programs.
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