One of the most significant books I have ever purchased was entitled ‘Leading from the Inside Out’ by Samuel D Rima. The tease of the title was as informative as the content of the book. In a time when I was devouring leadership materials I had found myself expecting from others what I did not expect from myself. I was much more forgiving and much more tolerant with my attention to matters of self than I was with others. The subtitle of the book, The Art of Self Leadership, struck me as an invitation that I had not received before. What was I missing in the activity of gathering, motivating, designating and delegating movement toward a goal or a vision? The answer was a mystery to be solved.
And, work toward that new end I did. I had to learn some difficult lessons and then change based on my discoveries about self. Along the way more resources became available and I am still exploring, discovering and leading myself as I lead others in similar expressions of leading. My life is given to developing leaders – young, old, middle aged, successful, struggling and hopeful. I think everyone is a leader of something or someone. And it all starts with leading yourself.
Kevin Cashman writes his process of understanding and leading self as a process of mastering our lives so that we are not subject to circumstance but we are capable of possessing ourselves in a position of self-control.
Jesus Christ taught it this way, “By your patience possess your souls.” He was teaching his followers, and us, that even in the most difficult of circumstances you can prevail. It is not even about being prepared for what comes but being ready from within.
Cashman gives us these masteries of self:
Pathway One: Personal Mastery
Exploring and getting to know yourself and what is important to you by asking questions such as:
What do I believe about myself and other people?
What do I believe about leadership?
What do I believe about life and the world?
Pathway Two: Purpose Mastery
Focusing on understanding and using your gifts and talents to add value to those around you
Identifying activities that are energizing and exciting
Pathway Three: Change Mastery
Letting go of old patterns to enhance creativity
Being adaptable and willing to change
Changing current reality allows a leader to see a new reality
Pathway Four: Interpersonal Mastery
Focusing on the development of interpersonal competencies
Seeking feedback from others will help to improve personal relationships
Pathway Five: Being Mastery
Using periods of peace and silence to understand one’s inner most being
Pathway Six: Balance Mastery
Taking time for self, family and friends is critical to maintaining balance in life
Achieving balance may be one of the most difficult pathways to master, but is the most important
Pathway Seven: Action Mastery
Leading as a whole person by getting in touch with one’s authentic self and expressing it to others
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