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The bond between self-leadership and self-awareness

Are you struggling with self-awareness? Here are 4 easy tips to kickstart your transformation journey

This article is also available in audio here: Village Conversations Podcast

Have you ever considered that successful leadership of others begins with mastering the art of leading the self? If you haven’t mastered self-leadership, this will certainly reflect on how you lead your teams at work, your family, etc. Self-leadership is a precursor to great leadership, which is characterised by leading individuals authentically and effectively.

But how do you do this? How do you navigate?

Self-leadership begins with self-awareness. Leading one-self efficiently requires a high level of self-awareness. Self-awareness empowers the one in a leadership role to lead themselves in a way that also positively influences others.


Positively influencing others requires transformation from the inside out.

Here are some tips on how you can begin this transformation:

#1. Look at your life objectively

Looking at your life through this lens will bring you to a place of truth, where you are not guided by your feelings but by factuality. Think of a time something went wrong in your life and instead of acknowledging your part in it, you felt justified in pointing a finger at the other person. This is hard but necessary. Looking at your life objectively means you’ll come face to face with parts of you which you wish to keep hidden. However, in the hidden parts of our lives lie our deepest yearnings for unconditional love and acceptance. But before we unlock this desired, unconditional love and acceptance from the world, we first have to grant it to ourselves. The journey always starts with us.