All leadership begins with self-leadership. Self-leadership employs intentional action in advance to ensure the right action happens when necessary.
Although some people are more naturally disciplined than others, for those who struggle with being disciplined, structures can be created that promote greater professional will. To help you get started, consider the following five disciplines of self-leadership.
1. Control time
The most basic expression of self-discipline is controlling your time in such a way that allows for the focus of your highest and best use of it. The effectiveness of leaders is limited by allowing others to set too much of the agenda. There is a wealth of material available to assist with time-management. However, there are some practices, such as predetermining blocks of time for your most important activities, that will promote a greater ability to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.