Nobody is going to follow you if you do not know where you are going. You need to have a clear set of goals and standards for yourself because it enables you to focus on what’s important and it gives your team something to identify with and support. If you don’t have a clear direction or well articulated values, your efforts can become diluted and ineffective and your team will very likely become confused about who you really are and what’s important to you. By creating maxims focused on leading yourself you can eliminate this potential lack of focus and confusion.
A maxim by definition is a principle or rule of conduct. In the context of the leadership maxims approach, it is a short, personally meaningful and easily explained statement that reflects one of your beliefs about leadership. Maxims do not contain buzzwords. Maxims are simple, clear statements that serve as reminders for how you want to behave and lead and how you want your team members to behave.
I invite you to share your maxims and ideas related to leading yourself in this forum. Simply write your maxim and share the personal story behind it in the comments below. I’ve shared a few of my own. I look forward to reading yours. If you’re interested in courses we teach related to leading yourself, just look for the LY icon on our course listing page.