Personal Mastery And Leadership
It is a responsibility of a leader to be a role model. How can leaders be great role models? Personal mastery can help individuals be a better person and also help leaders become role models. According to Peter Senge, "The core to leadership strategy is simple: to be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery."
Personal mastery helps an individual to acquire self-knowledge and at the same time promote self-development and growth. Personal mastery helps an individual to develop the following characteristics:
• Understanding the direction of their life and therefore the direction of their group or organization
• Recognize reality and remain grounded on it.
• Think creatively and out of the box.
• They understand and work with change.
• They view themselves to be a part of the whole system and feel connected to others.
• They understand that they could influence others but are impossible to control them.
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 help 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 program. There are great benefits if all the members of the team would undergo transformation because of the personal mastery program.