Leadership and Self Mastery-Our Way Forward?

Most people do not intentionally pursue Self Mastery because they focus primarily on external reality – the physical and material – and neglect the internal world of their values, beliefs, thoughts, and feelings.

Self Mastery requires honesty, courage, and compassion for yourself.  You may not like everything you discover, but through accepting it, you can grow into higher expressions of yourself. Self Mastery is not an end state, rather, it is a life long process, a way of living that honors the fact that the more you grow as a person, the more you can contribute to others and yourself. This is a foundation of leadership!

Traditional views of leadership are founded on a number of basic assumptions and beliefs. They are true in some situations but are they really the best way to lead?


Leaders know best; they have the answers OR Leaders know what questions to ask

Leaders should be in control of people and processes OR Leaders should help design process and allow people to self manage within them

Leaders must be charismatic and out in front OR Leaders come in all sizes, shapes and styles and lead from every strata of the organization

Leaders live at the top of the hierarchy and chain of command OR Leaders live everywhere in the organization

Leaders make the decisions OR Leaders facilitate great decisions being made

Leaders get the most information; others need it only on an as needed basis OR Leaders ensure information is widely shared and readily available

Leaders have to motivate people, otherwise they would not perform OR Leaders create environments where people can choose to be motivated and empowered

Leaders can be trusted, workers cannot be OR Leaders model and build trust and believe all can be trusted

You may not agree with or promote any or all of these traditional beliefs, but they likely exist in real time within your organization’s culture and your personal history. Each of these behaviors and beliefs have been modeled for us throughout our lives.

What can you and your colleagues do the expand on the new thinking and behavior?

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