Develop the Skill of Self Management

Posted by Roxanne Chugg

This week is the first in a series of blog posts throughout May and June where we examine the skill of "self management".

Emotional self-management is the skill of effectively managing your own emotions. It involves undertaking and engaging in things that make you feel positive at work, that help you manage stress and demonstrate productive emotional behaviour towards others.

The skill of self management is particularly important in the role of leadership. A leader’s mood can set the tone for the day, the week, the month and is a powerful factor in the general vibe and also culture of the workplace. This skill helps leaders manage demands on their time, stress and the ups and downs of leading a team or an organisation. Leaders who are proficient in managing their own emotions behave in an optimistic way and look to find the opportunities and possibilities that exist even when facing obstacles or challenges.

Why develop the skill of “self management”

Developing our self management skills can help us to:

  • Make a commitment to lifelong learning in support of both the organisation’s goals and your own goals
  • Learn how to make certain that projects add value and truly make a difference to the organisation
  • Develop personal productivity skills to manage both your time and your commitments
  • Build broad personal networks that allow you to tap expertise in and out of the organisation when dealing with complex problems
  • Be willing to embrace change and rethink both organisational structures and work definitions as new opportunities or challenges arise

How do you develop your skills in “self management”?

  • Take advantage of rare opportunities
  • Become comfortable with delegating your work to manage your time and give others the opportunity to step up
  • Take care of yourself, give yourself time to be mindful and think
  • Identify broad goals to pursue

There are many benefits to improving self management

Leaders who possess this skill can keep their team steady in the face of adversity or challenges and maintain an optimistic outlook that helps to reduce stress and maintain well being.

Self management is a critical skill in being a great leader. How effective are you at self management?