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Onnistu itsesi johtamisessa (Succesful self-leadership)

Kirjoitettu 12.03.13
Esseen kirjoittaja: Tomi Salmi
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Kirja: Onnistu itsesi johtamisessa
Kirjan kirjoittaja: Raija Salmimies
Kategoriat: 4. Johtaminen, 4.2. Johjajan / valmentajan taidot ja työkalut, 4.4. Johtamisen haasteet

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As the standard, old-school leadership management is slowly collapsing, the first and the best victory is to lead yourself succesfully. Probably it has always been this way, but in 2010’s the role of self-organized learning has increased noteworthy. As Aristotle once said: “Excellence is not an act, but a habit”. Every person in the organization – whether you were a leader or not – should figure out the way to make self-leadership as a continuous habit. In legendary 360-leadership model, self-leadership takes only 25% of the whole leadership modul (together with leading your boss, peers and subordinates). After reading Raija Salmimies’ book, I very much do disagree with the division: I personally find self-leadership as a basis of all individual and organizational appointments.

Self-leadership is all about self-controlling, continuous change, pulling out the “wrong” aspects a person have learnt and coming across as a brave self-learner. Individual should find out and classificate his/her own strenghts and weaknessess and focus on to stronger parts only. This might feel difficult to put into practice, because none of us has similar days or identical mood every day, which is perfectly comprehensible. Nobody can force one to lead oneself succesfully all the time, and that’s not even what self-leadership is to tell us: the main idea is to be open-minded, challenge your own attitudes and believes. Moreover, it’s about taking responsibility of yourself and, through that, of persons around you as well.

Before reading the book, I set a target to myself: I want to find my own place in this world, where my own values and ideals go hand-in-hand in various situations in life. I know my personal values and how to carry out them, but equally I know what I want me to be – right now, in the near future and even after ten years. The problem is that even if I know how I should act out, my self-control is not always at the top level. This is when we refer to facilities. For instance, I do have a facility on writing, facility staying up at nights, facility on drinking too much coffee during one day and a strong facility to set someone else’s happiness before my own. The last one mentioned could be either good or bad habit, but usually people find this kind of issues as characteristics more than habits. What one should do is to accept all facilities and develop strenghts so that life really feels worth living it. Can you really say, that you psychologically feel alive? If not, what are you missing?

Step 1: Change

Change consist of three separate stages: facing the facts (= realizing what should I do differently), insight (= realizing how should I do differently), and a whole new point of view (= realizing why should I do differently). For instance, working on with a new textual ensemble has been in my thoughts for the last three months, but I never caught an effort to write down that kind of content yet. Creativity might have decreased due to automation of every-day work, although it’s still not as regular as it should be. There’s not too much to do, unlike couple of months ago, but for some reason it’s very hard to begin anything new. The fact that I know is that working on with creative textual completeness is much easier at night time; during the day, there’s probably too much uncertain routines that obstructs innovativity.
By facing the facts (too much automation, too little time for creativity + night time being more effective for working), I had an insight: should I just simply write whenever my mood of creativity comes across with psychical managing? While wondering stuff like this, I actually do rediscover myself as very individual person – regarding only to job, that is. I’m not afraid of throwing myself to work, if I’m able to do the setup without anyone’s help. Partly this has something to do with personal ideals: I do want to do my job at cafeterias and other environmentally innovative surroundings, either very early in the morning or very late in the evening, and put myself on the edge if needed. To be honest, Tiimiakatemia’s movement to Savela have had a bit too strong negative effect on my learning and common effort. Realizing this as a mind model, I’m trying to make our office a lot more significant and important place for me. Previously at Piippukatu, it definitely was.
It’s clear, that the reason why we should look for the change, is that our own, continuous learning has a strong reflection on others’ motivation and appointments. Being part of a strong society, our aims and promises do play a great role at every aspect. Note to remember: your strongest society is your own life.

Step 2: Difference

Concerning leadership, one of the best quotes of Raija Salmimies is definitely this: personality is the most important tool of leadership. We psychologically recruit and receive different kind of people with different skills to our life, whether it’s about job, relationship, hobby or any various situation in life. We all do need people around us. Focusing on individual leadership, my main task is to look after my own, personal organization: am I doing right things? What are the right things to do? Naturally, there can’t be one or two right answers to that question, but doing right things can, at least slightly, be reflected to individual’s ideals and values. Right now I’m doing a right thing by writing this essay, and after that I’m doing another right thing by not going to sleep but keep on going with another text, thanks to flow-effect. On the other hand it’s definitely not a right thing to stay up for how many hours, because tomorrow will be a long day with a bunch of distressive elements. This is what difference means: trying to find balance between individually and collectively valuable things. Combined to strong self-control and open-mindness, one should trust to one’s senses after comparing each aspect well enough.

Step 3: Feedback

Receiving critical feedback is not an easy statement for anyone. On the other hand, it’s definitely a basis of mental growing and continuous change, which self-learning is all about. Without feedback it’s not possible to learn or do right things. The golden question is: who is giving the most valuable feedback? Correct, the final judgement comes from the bottom of one’s heart. To be a succesful writer, I need to search feedback actively and take it a objectively as possible to make learn more about myself as writer, and, even as a human being. You see your own personality from a different point of view. Depending on a person, individual’s positive or negative parts usually take more space in mind than other. Receiving feedback is truly a challenge, and its status as “mental tool” is proved to be real.
As a writer, there’s one straight way to get feedback, and that is asking my client’s opinion about my work. Also, Tiimiakatemia playing a role of a client of mine as well, there still aren’t any boundaries when working on with Tiimiakatemia Magazine. Usually the feedback comes from our coaches, which feels smoothly poor: is there any point of doing Magazine if most of our teamsters aren’t even having a quick look at it? Maybe this is also why I wasn’t able to manage my time of creativity and time of automation together: the thing I love to do – writing – doesn’t really affect on people’s emotions. That’s why I’ll try another way by writing more radical articles and texts about shy, maybe even irrelevant subjects.

Step 4: Courage

How to whistle in the dark? Giving feedback should allow one to take a brave step forward and to put new self-learnings into action. Reason for giving feedback is to understand myself better, but to achieve the ultimate glow on self-leadership, I need to be more brave. I was brave for a second ago, when I wrote that I’ll write more radically with bigger contrast. I need bravery to search for the meaning, to keep on going, to stand still, to live and to die. This is when we’re talking about fear.
Self-leadership always includes a small (or big) feature of fear. It can be linked to abscence of knowledge of my own future, current situation in life, unstable ways of working, relationships and other people themselves… Basically anything. Courage means, that I can manage myself and my surroundings. By bravery, it’s possible to face my fears. Furthermore, it’s also possible to achieve mental freedom. What that means I probably don’t even know myself, but it still happens to be my next aim.

Finally, probably the best quote ever on leadership (isn’t included to the book itself) by famous Peter F. Drucker:

”Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ”making friends and influencing people”, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

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