LEAD SELF: Key Concepts and Ideas
The Lead Self domain of the LEADS leadership capability framework consists of four capabilities. Leaders who demonstrate these capabilities:
- They are emotionally self-aware. This refers to the ability to recognize one’s own emotions and recognize their impact on others. It requires the ability to accurately assess one’s own emotional triggers and weaknesses, as well as one’s own emotional strengths.
- They are aware of perceptions and assumptions. This is the ability to understand the impact one’s own perceptions have on one’s sense of reality. Perceptions are the basis of creating paradigms, which often shape the way one selects data and perceives events.
- They are aware of values and principles that underlie the choices and actions one takes.
- They manage emotions. This refers to the ability to regulate both the expression and experience of emotions, including emotional self-control, transparency, adaptability, achievement, initiative and optimism.
- They exhibit personal mastery—creating what one wants in life and work. It can be developed by creating a personal vision and understanding one’s own reflexive reactions.
- They generate life balance. This is defined as the ability to successfully change, adapt, overcome and cope with unexpected setbacks and general life challenges.
- They set realistic goals, demonstrate effective time management, and follow through on commitments.
- They develop soft skills which include motivation, communication skills, team management, confidence, versatility, reliability, and emotional and social intelligence.
- They engage in life-long learning, which refers to a mindset where every experience, opportunity, change, situation, challenge, and conflict is seen as an opportunity to learn.
- They act with personal integrity. Integrity has four elements: consistency in word and action, consistency in adversity, being true to oneself, and displaying ethical behaviour.
- They exhibit emotional resilience. This refers to the ability to bounce back from setbacks and overcome adversity, to cope well with high levels of ongoing change and constant pressure, and to change and adjust from old, ineffectual habits that may be dysfunctional or maladaptive.