One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. In this video, learn how to teach self-leadership to other people in less than five minutes so they too can pull new meaning from their personal and professional relationships.
- The best way to learn anything new is to teach it to others. I'm not asking you to get in front of an audience and teach a graduate level course on self-leadership. But when you internalize the concept of self-leadership and explain it, you will enhance your own understanding of the subject while changing the lives of the people around you. That's pretty cool. So, how do you teach self-leadership to a colleague or a friend? First, go slowly. The worst advice is unsolicited advice. If someone really needs your help in becoming a self-leader, they'll ask. When someone does ask, share a story. Telling a story is one of the most powerful ways self-leaders like you have to influence, teach, and inspire. Here's my self-leadership story. Years ago, I worked at a company called Pfizer. I was bored and unhappy. One evening I was traveling for business and eaten Starburst for dinner and drinking a Pepsi at an airport. I had an epiphany while reading a magazine. Pfizer could dominate the marketplace because it was a well-run business with clear goals, stated values and an understanding of what it wanted to accomplish. I was just an HR lady who liked to complain. No wonder I was miserable. If I wanted to be happy I needed to run my life like a business and take responsibility for my thoughts and actions without waiting for someone else to tell me what to do. The only person in the world accountable for my happiness was me, but I would never be happy until I understood myself and defined my core values. That night at the airport changed my life. Now I live a life where I'm 100% accountable for my experiences in the world. So what's your self-leadership story? Think about it, write it down. I bet there's someone in your life right now who is anxious to hear it. It's time to share it and teach others how to be accountable and in control too.