How Can We Lead Ourselves?

Build your self-leadership muscle.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2018, Kat Cole, North America COO and president at FOCUS Brands, explains how leaders can identify whether or not someone is good at leading themselves.

“One of the ways I gauge the self-leadership muscle [in someone] is to figure out their level of grit and resilience,” says Kat. “Some may say that's difficult to find in someone who's inexperienced or young or just out of college, but I disagree.”

Watch this video to learn more from Kat about how to gauge someone’s self-leadership muscle.

One of the ways I gauge the self-leadership muscle is to figure out their level of grit and resilience, and some may say that's difficult to find in someone who's inexperienced or young or just out of college, but I disagree. Angela Duckworth, an author of the book Grit, often talks about the building blocks of grit, and I believe very much in that thesis, which is one way to see grit is to just find an example of someone who has stuck with something and taken on progressive, increasing responsibility. You don't have to have done amazing things. You don't even have to had a job before, but if you were on a committee, you took on a leadership role, you stuck with it, all of that suggests a level of vulnerability and ability to build teams and to have followers that, in and of itself, demonstrates the muscle of leading themselves.

Give me almost anyone's background, and I can figure out whether they've had a job or not, whether they've been incarcerated or not, whether they've been an executive or only an hourly employee, I can peel back the layers and get to the truth of whether or not they've been able to lead themselves in contrasting that with others who might have stayed static and not taken on more responsibility in their roles.
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Kat Cole

Kat Cole’s twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner” – this not only describes her as a person, it describes the philosophies she applies to busi...

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