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The A to Z of Self Leadership

We’re living in times, when many of us can afford to enjoy a high degree of personal freedom when it comes choosing what we want do in life. There are endless opportunities for entrepreneurship. More and more, many of us are opting to work from home. Every one would like to be there own boss!

But like they say, with great power comes great responsibility. When you become your own boss, you are responsible for YOU. What kind of boss will you be? You can either be a slave driver – working yourself to the bone. Or you can be a very lenient boss, allowing yourself to do just as you please, whenever you please. To be successful, you have to be a great manager of yourself. Even more you’ve got to lead yourself towards success and contentment.

However, self leadership is not something only entreprenuers or self-employed people need. It’s for everyone who wants to reach their full potential.

Self-leadership is having a developed sense of who you are, what you can do, where you are going coupled with the ability to influence your communicat ion, emotions and behaviors on the way to getting there.
Andrew Bryant and Dr Ana Kazan in Self-Leadership: How to Become a More Successful, Efficient, and Effective Leader from the Inside Out

The only person you spend the most time with, the person who influences you the most and the person who can either support or hinder your growth is YOU.

Of course, this applies to me as well. I am all too aware of my need to learn, grow and become more disciplined. This year, I pledged myself to daring greatly and  daring daily.  And there’s only one person who can help me do that – ME.

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a to z of self leadership

So there you have it, my theme for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2015 is ‘The A to Z of Self Leadership’.

Are you taking part in the Challenge? What’s your theme?


  1. nan nan March 31, 2015

    I certainly need to study up on this – and apply it to my life! Just making myself sit down and write on those days I’d rather now is such a challenge but I’m getting better. I look forward to your posts.
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  2. lottie lottie March 30, 2015

    This is great Corrine, thanks for sharing.
    I’ll be following closely next month – I love the idea of the A to Z challenge, and you’ve got a great subject to get stuck into!
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  3. Anna Nordeman Anna Nordeman March 27, 2015

    Self-leadership is important if you embark om a project all your own, like writing a book or starting and running a small business. But there is still the problem of paying bills.
    Best wishes,
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  4. Eloquent Mind Eloquent Mind March 27, 2015

    That is a wonderful theme, Corinne. I love to constantly improve myself by evaluating my traits and working on them towards perfection and your theme would help me achieve this better.

    Looking forward to your posts and wishing you all the best for the challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Tameka M Tameka M March 26, 2015

    Great post Corrine! I have been running my own business for the past few years and I have learned the art of self management through trial and error! At first, I always got up at the crack of dawn and worked without even stopping to eat at times. I was so nervous about getting new clients and keeping my roster full that I took on everything that was offered. I have learned to pace myself, take regular breaks and take advantage of being the sole manager of my schedule and time. Being an entrepreneur is a fabulous thing!

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I follow your blog via the WordPress Reader and app and I’m not able to comment on your posts. I see an RSS feed symbol at the top of the blog title and there are no options for me to like or comment. Coincidentally, my blog looks the same way to me through the app as well. I’m still trying to figure out the issue. Maybe my settings are wrong. I’m commenting now via my computer.

  6. Melissa Sugar Melissa Sugar March 25, 2015

    Great theme and one that I will visit often. I need tips in this area. When working for someone else or representing a client in court, I know that I HAVE to be there and I have to be prepared. I don’t know why it is so difficult for me to impose the same deadlines and requirements on myself when writing . I am sure to benefit from your tips .

  7. Stephanie Faris Stephanie Faris March 25, 2015

    That is SO true. As a freelance writer, I’m considered a sole proprietor (“solopreneur” is the new buzzword for it!) and I have to be disciplined enough to get the work done. I’m the only employee, so when the work piles up, I’m all I have. The good news is, I know I can count on me. You can’t usually control what other people do.
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  8. Sundari Venkatraman Sundari Venkatraman March 24, 2015

    Hi Corinne, looking forward to reading your posts. Self-leaderships sounds so inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. G Angela G Angela March 24, 2015

    Hi Corinne,

    your theme is just for me, hoping to learn from you… self leadership is something that I need the most to learn, I am happy reading your theme and also the comments, which is bringing excitement to April. I am participating too.. … this time want to read more and relive some memorable places visited and hoping to visit…

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  11. Betty Betty March 24, 2015

    Sounds like a good theme for the A/Z challenge. I work at home but I’m employed by a company, as opposed to being self employed (though I have worked at home self employed before). It does take discipline to do so even nowadays with clocking in and out with a time clock. I would imagine you will be offering wonderful advice over the next month! Have a great challenge!

    Betty recently posted..A to Z, Theme RevealMy Profile

  12. Nagzilla Nagzilla March 24, 2015

    Your theme sounds very inspiring. I look forward to coming back to hear more. Good luck and have fun!
    Nagzilla recently posted..Big Theme Reveal Day!My Profile

  13. Robyn Robyn March 24, 2015

    I am thrilled and sitting on the edge of my seat bouncing great anticipation for all this is going to bring. Lead me right into self leadership!
    Robyn recently posted..April, Let Renewal BeginMy Profile

  14. Lanise Brown Lanise Brown March 24, 2015

    Hi Corinne. Your theme for the challenge sounds great. I totally agree that we all need self leadership to help us reach our goals and potential. I look forward to seeing your posts in April. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lanise Brown recently posted..The A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal Is Here!My Profile

  15. C. Lee McKenzie C. Lee McKenzie March 24, 2015

    Very different and I think interesting. I’ll enjoy seeing what you post.

  16. Vinodini Iyer Vinodini Iyer March 23, 2015

    This blog is going to be one inspiring place to be, come April..going by the gist of your theme. I’m going to drop by for all those pearls of everyday gyan! Good luck with the challenge Corinne ๐Ÿ™‚
    Vinodini Iyer recently posted..The Power of TwoMy Profile

  17. Tarkabarka Tarkabarka March 23, 2015

    Cool theme! I have been my own boss for a while, storytellers tend to do that. I found it works a lot better for me than having an actual boss (tried that too). I am looking forward to reading your posts!
    Tarkabarka recently posted..Theme Reveal: Epics from A to Z!My Profile

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 23, 2015

      Thanks, Barbara. Yes, I’m sure they’ll work for us all (and I’m hoping they will for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
      Musical memories? I’m off to take a look!
      Corinne Rodrigues recently posted..The Art of Stillness #1WordMy Profile

  18. kimberly kimberly March 23, 2015

    Well said Corrine. Ever since I became a SAHM, I have realized that being your own boss is not as easy as it seems!! There is the temptation to overwork some days and to go slack on others!
    Looking forward to some inspiration from you ๐Ÿ™‚
    All the best with the challenge – you have got me curious about it!!
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  19. Parul Parul March 23, 2015

    Wow! That’s an awesome theme! So much of self learning!
    I am already thinking what will each day look like. See you around Corinne!
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  20. nabanita nabanita March 23, 2015

    That’s a wonderful theme Corinne…I’m taking part but I’m not getting the time to do a theme reveal post! Need to hurry before the day ends!
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  21. Vidya Subramanian Vidya Subramanian March 23, 2015

    Looking forward to your posts that I am sure will inspire me ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish you good luck Corinne.
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  22. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg March 23, 2015

    This is a wonderful theme, Corinne. Looking forward to be inspired this April! Cheers โ™ฅ
    Shilpa Garg recently posted..A to Z Theme RevealMy Profile

  23. Ina Tales Ina Tales March 23, 2015

    Looking forward to this one. I loved the way you presented it . Self leadershipis a topic which will benefit many of us. Especially those who are battling with self discipline for I believe both go together. As usual, you posts will be inspiring.

  24. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury March 23, 2015

    Looking forward to your posts, Corinne! Great theme and one that will be very inspiring for all those reading it.

    My theme doesn’t seem ready to hatch yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ Whatever it is, I am sure I am going to enjoy the AtoZ this year as much as I did the past two years.

    Love and hugs!
    Vidya Sury recently posted..My Happiness Checklist #InternationalDayofHappinessMy Profile

  25. Debbie D. Debbie D. March 23, 2015

    Looking forward to your posts, Corinne. ๐Ÿ™‚ I could use some encouragement, as I’m definitely lacking in self-discipline with many things. “Do as you please” is my mantra, but when it comes to the offline business, it’s a little different. The clients always come first.
    Debbie D. recently posted..THE GREAT THEME REVEAL OF 2015! #AtoZChallenge #AtoZRevealMy Profile

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | March 23, 2015

      I know just what you mean, Debbie. It seems easier to be laidback online, don’t you think?
      Looking forward to your wordy wonders! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Corinne Rodrigues recently posted..The Art of Stillness #1WordMy Profile

  26. Archana Archana March 23, 2015

    Wow! Looking forward to some inspirational posts. Great theme Corinne.

  27. Inderpreet Inderpreet March 23, 2015

    That is a unique theme and I look forward to learning so much more about myself and how I can be better.
    Self leadership can be difficult for us and I too find that a lot of self control is required.
    All the best for April.
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  28. Pratikshya Pratikshya March 23, 2015

    Hi.. your theme is really unique… and much required for readers like me.. ๐Ÿ™‚
    do visit mine..
    Pratikshya recently posted..A to Z Theme RevealMy Profile

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