Self-Leadership Webinar Series

The self-leadership series consists of five separate 45-minute sessions. 

Session 1: Values & Goal-setting

Session 2: Reframing & Constructive Cognitive Patterns

Session 3: Building Reward Strategies into Tasks

Session 4: Mental Imagery & Mental Filtering

Session 5: Needs Identification & Self-Observation

What is Self-leadership?

Self-leadership is a self-influence process that focuses on behavioral strategies such as reframing, goal-setting, and training your brain's reward center—combined with the intent to move you toward achieving a desired goal. Essentially, we are talking about intentionality, discipline, and motivation. Self-leadership is not a new concept, but it has gained attention over the last four decades from researchers of various disciplines.

Here are some benefits of applying self-leadership:

Self-leadership replaces learned helplessness

In psychology, learned helplessness is a state that occurs after a person has experienced a stressful situation repeatedly, which conditions them into believing that they are unable to control or change the case even when opportunities to exit are available. In a sense, learned helplessness leads to self-victimization, feelings of being “stuck” and blaming others instead of taking responsibility when necessary. Self-leadership helps you reframe thinking associated with learned helplessness, to more productive, positive thought processes focusing on what is within your control.

Self-leadership prepares you for leadership roles

Self-leadership is built on the idea that before you can successfully lead others, you must first be able to lead yourself.  Leaders are everywhere-- on the job, in communities, in classrooms, in homes. Everyone can develop a practical personal leadership philosophy by applying self-leadership concepts which can translate to all areas of life. For current leaders, it can develop weaknesses into strengths.

Self-leadership promotes assertiveness

How often are things going wrong or worsening because you're trying to get the other person to change? Self-leadership redirects one’s energy and focus on their behavior because one can only influence or change oneself. One of the critical principles of assertiveness is first recognizing you can only control yourself. Too often, leaders fail to realize they are not getting the desired results because they are too focused on changing others, overlooking the changes that need to be made in self-discipline, and self-goal setting.

Self-leadership improves communication

The fundamental idea behind self-leadership is influence and goal-directedness, which makes one more mindful of word choices. Self-expression or simply expressing feelings, although a very necessary part of communication, may derail us and others from the goal. Self-leadership prompts one to ask themselves, is this about expressing myself, or do I have a goal in mind?