Yesterday’s class with Dr. Ed Stetzer started with the topic of self-leadership. This is how he defined it: the ability to nurture and harness one’s own passion, abilities, emotions and leadership capacity in decision-making.

“Great leaders begin with self-awareness and move to self-management, then proceed to other-awareness culminating to other-management. It is not linear but an interactive effect among all four factors.” (John Ng)

Why is self-leadership so important?

1. It appreciates others.

When you truly know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, you will appreciate others.

2. It prevents derailment.

Many hotshots and rising starts self-destruct and never achieve their early potential because of the lack of self-leadership.

3. It ensures long-term success.

Great leaders have a long-term perspective on life and success. They are not here for the short-term but for the long haul.

4. It leaves a legacy.

All leaders leave legacies. The question is if it’s a good or bad one. They leave their imprint on the organization through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.

Now about time valuing time, Carey Nieuwhoff who guested in our class with Dr. Ed gives us 7 Signs People Don’t Value Their Time:

1. You don’t have a plan before the week begins.
2. You have no regular rhythm to your day or work week.
3. You haven’t decided the kinds of people you are going to spend most of your meetings with and therefore try to squeeze in almost every request.
4. You haven’t figured out a graceful and polite way to say no to meetings and project requests that don’t fit your criteria.
5. You habitually show up late or miss appointments.
6. You enter into conversations and meetings without a goal or clear purpose in mind.
7. You spend two hours at your desk but have accomplished nothing (except Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Google searches)

I fail miserably as I read the list.

I love what Dr. Ed said,

“I had to decide to be ferociously organized so that I can be significantly impactful.”

That statement was dropped like a huge brick on my chest.

May the Lord help us to steward our time and talent well for the Kingdom and for His glory.