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The 5 Disciplines of Self-leadership

By: Glenn Gutek
Posted: February 28, 2012, from the March 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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So much business literature references the all-important aspect of passion. However, at times it is critical to practice the discipline of being dispassionate, allowing a leader to protect the environment from becoming toxic and engaging in the wrong battles. Leaders should fuel their energy by investing in their passion, but keep things from running off the rails by not pouring gas on a volatile situation.

4. Focus words

Words are the most commonly used tools in the arsenal of leaders. The discipline of crafting or outlining scripts for crucial situations will assist in making sure that the words that flow from your mouth achieve the purpose of the right words at exactly the right time.

5. Use power

The fifth important discipline that must be an ongoing practice for leaders is disciplining power, particularly as it relates to knowing the source of authority. Are you building your power base from the positional role in the spa or your credibility with the people you lead? The authority of leaders rests in the relationships formed with the people they lead. The risk most often encountered when influencing people where there is a personal relationship is not maintaining the authority to exercise power.

All leadership begins with self-leadership. Practice the disciplines in each of the five areas of self-leadership, and you will possess an uncanny ability to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.

Glenn Gutek is a speaker and CEO of Awake Consulting & Coaching, a firm that helps small businesses and organizations improve their leadership and business development. He is also the co-author of Wide Awake Leadership (Xlibris Corporation, 2007). Gutek can be contacted at or 407-901-4357.