Personal Leadership Skills

Reach Your Career Goals By Building Personal Leadership Skills


“Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.” (Stephen R. Covey)

We get very anxious when we think about the future and we are depressed when we are still in our past. Recession for instance is something we cannot control. However, we can use this time to build our personal leadership skills.

What is personal leadership?

For some, it may be being in control of your life and for others it’s leading people around them. Most of the times we manage ourselves and are trapped in the “being busy” mindset. Observe the activities during the day and you will know if you are managing or leading.

Why choose personal leadership?

There are internal and external forces in our lives, and I would like to stay focused on the internal forces. Otherwise, I will be blaming the economy, government and the like for everything that isn’t working out for me. Remember the song, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going…”

How can you start working on personal leadership?

Begin by setting a career goal for 2015 and do take 1-2 actions in a day to get you closer to realizing it. I have seen this work in the past, and it still does. We all detest change, don’t we? But, this change is going to make your life better.

When do I start?

Right now! This is the best time to build your self esteem and your worth. See your confidence soaring and write to me. We could take it to the next level. And then there is no stopping…

Where do I start on personal leadership?

Ask yourself what kind of job is ideal. Forget all that is happening around you. My suggestion would be to watch less news, as they don’t seem to be helping anyone stay positive.

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Roshni P. Kumar

Roshni P. Kumar has been working for more than a decade in the area of Talent Acquisition, Training & Development with a brief experience in Sales/Operations.


  1. One of the best ways to build personal leadership is to develop a fanatical devotion to integrity. In his book, Millionaire Mind, economist Tom Stanley found that of the 38 traits of successful deca-millionaires, their commitment to integrity eclipsed all the others. I can develop personal leadership by giving my best effort everyday, being willing to work through lunch, being willing to show up early and stay late, and finding ways to give more than I receive.

    • Steve, its interesting that you mentioned about willing to give more than just thinking about what you are receiving. Makes a lot of sense. Thank you for sharing the resource Millionaire Mind.

    • I did exactly that for 9 months in what was the ‘ideal job’ to be told that everything I did was amazing and that it was best for the organisation that I leave. I am doing my best to exercise personal leadership along the lines outlined above and it helps in terms of helping me feel like I am taking back some control but it does nothing to take away the pain

  2. The charismatic leadership model is the predominant leadership model where sheer personality, imagination, and tenacity reap rewards. As you create new resolutions for meeting your future business and professional goals, consider these lessons characterized by charismatic leaders.

    1. Charismatic leaders are known for being visionaries. Actually, charismatic leaders are excellent at dissecting and deciphering inefficiencies within organizations. The visionary traits attributed to charismatic leaders are often a result of compiling facts, critical thinking, and finding solutions to various problems. If you observe organizational lapses in your company, where revenue can be improved, begin formulating strategies and proposals that address these inefficiencies. Charismatic leaders create missions around solving problems and will implement solutions inside the current organization or create a new organization altogether.

    2. Charismatic leaders create disciples within organizations. The passion and clarity of focus demonstrated by charismatic leaders stem from their need to implement initiatives by persuading others to participate. Charismatic leaders gain loyalty by tapping into latent or hidden needs. Your ability to be more persuasive is directly related to your ability to understand the desires and motivation of people around you. As you fulfill these needs, loyalty and participation by others grow.

    3. Charismatic leaders are extremely introspective. Although charismatic leaders are known as “people persons,” their greatest mental replenishment comes from solitude and self-reflection. Charismatic leaders are visceral thinkers and require large chunks of time to ponder on their thinking process as well as the issue at hand. Begin spending more time in scheduled solitude to allow your thoughts to flow that hinge on solving problems or creating alternatives to brighter horizons.

    4. Charismatic leaders are performance driven and relentless. Once charismatic leaders set their course on a mission, nothing can thwart them outside of accomplishing the mission. In fact, charismatic leaders often define themselves by immersing themselves in the mission. Charismatic leaders do not see failure as an option. They may change gears, but will never give up the mission until it is completed. If you want to become more effective within your professional endeavors, create a plan and relentlessly stick to it until you either lack the capacity to go any further or you complete it. Failure should never be an option for you.

    Learning to extract the traits that make charismatic leader effective is an ongoing process. But, if you begin emulating how charismatic leaders transform organizations and fulfill professional aspirations, you can achieve similar results.

    Edward Brown
    Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute

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