04 Nov What does self-reliant leadership mean to you?

Chances are, you belong to more than one group be it work, social, charity, spiritual or political.  In these groups, you play a role as a leader, follower or both.  Depending on the level of sophistication and hierarchy of the group, a certain level of growth and development is expected – from the organization, and from you.

My question, what does self-reliant leadership mean to you?

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Only very few civilized persons are capable of existing without reliance on others or are even capable of coming to an independent opinion.  –Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis

6 Comments
  • Linda Johnson
    Posted at 22:22h, 06 November Reply

    Self Reliant Leadership to me means being responsible to yourself and not having to rely on other people to do you job. If you are a leader you have a duty to yourself to do the right thing. No one else is to blame or make excuses for. Being self reliant ,one has to be aware of other’s VABE’s to make it all make sense. A self reliant leader will listen to oneself and to others.

  • Jan Rutherford
    Posted at 22:30h, 06 November Reply

    Well stated, Linda! Thank you for your comment.

  • Felicia Lowenstein-Moffett
    Posted at 13:33h, 10 November Reply

    Self-Reliant leadership means leading by example and obtaining willing followers. It includes making the best of leadership opportunities, advancing knowledge on leadership theories, strategies, vision planning and really knowing all aspects of yourself. It means constantly striving to be the best leader in a drive that comes from deep inside yourself.

  • Jan Rutherford
    Posted at 19:42h, 10 November Reply

    I like that description, Felicia! Thanks for your comment!

  • Heidi H Rogers
    Posted at 10:19h, 06 November Reply

    This is such an interesting question. After reading your book, I have applied this concept to my leadership path, which for me means that my education in leadership is ongoing and it is my responsibility to reflect on my experiences and apply them constructively to my ongoing development as a leader. It is my responsibility to actively seek to improve and educate myself in this arena and to not take any position I have for granted or deserved. Every task before me is a different mountain to climb and the stories I hear and experience and my ability to be reflective and integrate these into my ever evolving philosophy are the tools I need to climb each mountain or face each challenge. Thank you for writing such a lovely collection of stories for us all to enjoy and learn from!

  • Jan Rutherford
    Posted at 16:57h, 06 November Reply

    Thank you, Heidi. You absolutely made my day!

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