The age-old belief says the best leaders always put the needs of others first, saving their own for last. However, this may not be the most effective approach after all. In fact, when you make yourself your number one priority, you allow yourself to grow as a leader ─ which of course benefits everyone.

When you take the time to focus on yourself, you’re able to gain a deeper sense of self-awareness. This opens your mind to an entirely new way of thinking, which could actually help you lead your team to a higher level of success.

Create your own personal development plan by asking others for feedback on your leadership style. These insightful conversations will open your eyes to areas where you’re currently excelling and those in need of improvement. Additionally, learning to rely on the thoughts and opinions of others helps you to become a better communicator, further enhancing your leadership skills.

Become a Better Leader by Focusing on Yourself

Leaders with a high level of self-awareness are better equipped to set their employees up for success. After receiving constructive feedback from your peers, you’re better equipped to make positive changes impacting your entire team, including:

  • Knowing best ways to approach the role of leader or manager
  • Making changes to team structure, motivators, and goals
  • Actively engaging team members in actionable project planning

When you learn to value feedback on your own performance from others, you’ll realize how vital this is to the success of your employees. As a result, you’ll understand the need to meet with employees on a regular basis ─ both in a one-on-one setting and as a group ─ to ensure everyone has a clear understanding of their role on the team.

Putting yourself first builds a strong foundation for success, giving you all the tools you need to empower your team to succeed.

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