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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.

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. Shantala Shantala March 31, 2015

    This is my first time here. Love your theme & also the overall look of your blog. You have created a neat space here. Will be following along in April. Cheers!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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,

  5. Sherry Sherry March 27, 2015

    Self-leadership, absolutely essential whether you run your own business like me or you work for somebody else, or if you are a stay at home mum. Good post.

  6. 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. πŸ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. 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 .

  9. 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.

  10. Vinitha Vinitha March 25, 2015

    Great theme, Corinne. Looking forward to your posts. πŸ™‚ All the best, Corinne. πŸ™‚

  11. orneryswife orneryswife March 25, 2015

    Yes, I am participating this year. Your theme sounds great!

  12. Sundari Venkatraman Sundari Venkatraman March 24, 2015

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

  13. 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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  15. 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!


  16. Nagzilla Nagzilla March 24, 2015

    Your theme sounds very inspiring. I look forward to coming back to hear more. Good luck and have fun!

  17. 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!

  18. 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. πŸ™‚

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

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

  20. 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 πŸ™‚

  21. 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!

  22. Barbara In Caneyhead Barbara In Caneyhead March 23, 2015

    Great theme idea! Though your tips may be aimed at the self employed, I’m sure that many could be adapted and applied to someone who is employed be they layman or boss.

    • 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! πŸ˜‰ ).
      Musical memories? I’m off to take a look!

  23. Shalini Shalini March 23, 2015

    What a brilliant theme! So looking forward to read your posts, Corinne! Thank you very much.

  24. Swathi Shenoy Swathi Shenoy March 23, 2015

    I am so following these posts! I do need to learn some self leadership tips to discipline myself! Looking forward to your posts Corinne πŸ™‚

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

      We all do, Swathi. And I hope to be learning as I blog! Good luck with the challenge!

  25. Tasha Tasha March 23, 2015

    Most interesting theme choice, definitely not one I have seen before. Self management is one of the hardest things ever and I look forward to seeing your posts.
    Tasha’s Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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

      Thanks, Tasha. I plan to keep my posts simple – more as reminders to myself, really!
      Your theme looks fascinating!

  26. Doreen McGettigan Doreen McGettigan March 23, 2015

    I love this theme, Corinne and I also love the look of your post. Beautiful. I wish you the best with the challenge and look forward to following along.

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

      Thanks, Doreen! You made my day – I am quite in love with that image! πŸ˜‰
      Looking forward to reading your posts too.

  27. 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 πŸ™‚
    All the best with the challenge – you have got me curious about it!!

  28. 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!

  29. Sandra Pawula Sandra Pawula March 23, 2015

    What a great theme, Corinne. There are so many possibilities! I can’t wait to see what you write about.

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

      Thanks so much, Sandra. Yes, there are so many qualities to choose from, I’m having a hard time bringing them down to 26!

  30. 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!

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

      Thanks, Naba. Ah I was looking forward to seeing what your theme was going to be. I’m sure you’ll get it done by the end of the day!

  31. Vidya Subramanian Vidya Subramanian March 23, 2015

    Looking forward to your posts that I am sure will inspire me πŸ™‚ Wish you good luck Corinne.

  32. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg March 23, 2015

    This is a wonderful theme, Corinne. Looking forward to be inspired this April! Cheers β™₯

  33. 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.

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

      I am hoping most of all to inspire myself, Ina! πŸ˜‰

  34. Suzy Suzy March 23, 2015

    Inspirational theme. Look forward to your daily daring posts.

  35. 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. πŸ™‚ 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!

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

      Thanks, Vidya. The first person I always seek to inspire is myself! πŸ˜‰
      Good luck with the hatching – I’m sure the ‘chicks’ will come out just right!

  36. Debbie D. Debbie D. March 23, 2015

    Looking forward to your posts, Corinne. πŸ™‚ 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.

    • 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! πŸ™‚

  37. Archana Archana March 23, 2015

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

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

      Thanks, Archana. You’ve got a great them too. Good luck!

  38. 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.

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

      Thanks, Inderpreet. What’s your theme this year? Good luck with the challenge!

  39. Pratikshya Pratikshya March 23, 2015

    Hi.. your theme is really unique… and much required for readers like me.. πŸ™‚
    do visit mine..

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

      Thanks, Pratikshya! I’ve just visited yours too. All the best!

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