« Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. » Lao Tzu (6th – 4th century BCE).
After many years of experience leading, managing, teaching, and coaching for transformational change and flourishing in organizations and people, we have developed an innovative self-leadership program, that integrates evidence-based science with the most advanced flourishing, coaching, and mind cultivation practices, resulting in a sustainable increase of well-being and performance in the people we accompany.
Leadership is a process of influence for directing behavior toward accomplishing goals; having an impact. Leadership is also a character strength that can be learned and developed.
Effective leaders know themselves and manage their inner states and processes. They self-motivate, self-improve, and proactively exhibit behaviors toward their aspirations, vision, intention, and goal accomplishment.
To lead others, we must first be able to lead ourselves. Self-leadership means influencing and directing ourselves to achieve our transformational and flourishing growth aspirations. By developing our self-leadership skills, strengths and processes we determine the kind of outcomes we produce.
Self-leadership is based on science. The theoretical foundations are social cognitive theory, self-determination theory, self-regulation theory, self-management, and positive psychology.
Practical and informal learning accounts for 90% of the total learning of any practitioner. In addition, 90% of the knowledge that is not applied a short time after people are taught is easily lost.
For these reasons, our self-leadership program is accompanied by active learning in the form of self-assessment, self-reflection, developmental relationships (coaching, mentoring, and networking), and practical learning experiences (teamwork projects, teaching, and volunteering).
Some Self-leadership Processes
Our Self-leadership program is mainly based on the following processes:
- Knowing oneself: mindset, personality, character strengths, purpose, goals, and balanced priorities.
- Recognize in oneself the power for transformational change and flourishing, and feel responsible for it (self-leadership agency),
- Cultivate the capacity for transformational change by observing and inquiring with openness and curiosity, and appreciate positive resources and inner strengths.
- Envision the ideal future with a solution-focus and act upon such a positive purpose, with intrinsic motivation and service orientation,
- Made such vision actual with self-awareness, self-knowledge, sustained self-regulation of attention, self-management, perseverance, perspective, and meaning,
- Choose what to focus on, engaging with life watering wholesome mental strengths seeds, and contacts,
- Pay attention to efficacy and effectiveness, building self-confidence and self-esteem with critical thinking, successful experiences (accomplishment), and a positive outlook.
- Sustain growth and resilience with courage and authenticity, building and broadening the mental capacity for flourishing with wholesome habits: physical exercise, good sleep, balanced nutrients, and positive emotions and relationships.
- Keep learning with agility, calibrating strategy, purpose, and actions to feedback, new challenges, and experiences.
A Case for Self-leadership Development
The World Health Organization has recently identified common challenges and vulnerabilities among bachelor students: anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, attention and focus deficits, loneliness, procrastination, etc. The current public health crises make this languishing situation worse.
Other known issues are unresolved trauma, burnout, transition challenges, lack of motivation, lack of leadership and teamwork competency development, and lack of emotional intelligence, to name just a few.
Self-leadership Program Benefits
Looking at the experiences of countries where the promotion of sustainable occupational health is mandatory, like in the UK, and recent evidence-based studies, we know today that positive self-leadership interventions, together with the practices of coaching and integrative awareness, result in improved well-being, engagement, meaning, and health, as well as higher productivity and retention rates.
Our program is unique in the integration of self-leadership science with the most advanced flourishing, coaching, and mind cultivation practices, resulting in a sustainable increase in well-being and performance in the organizations, people and teams we accompany.
Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG)
We have developed and currently offer a self-leadership program at the International Business Management Bachelor of the Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG).
This self-leadership program enables the students to develop self-leadership competencies and processes, and cultivate personal self-leadership strengths and practices through a mix of factual, conceptual, procedural, and meta-cognitive levels of knowledge, strategies, and creative applications.
The conscious cultivation of integrative self-awareness, emotional intelligence, self-regulation, and hope strengths during a semester, results in self-confidence, optimism, resilience, and self-leadership effectiveness (self-influence and self-impact), as a pathway for self-realization and psychological flourishing of the bachelor students.