Personal mastery is the ideologies and practices that enable a person to continually learn, deepen one’s vision, focus on one’s energy, and view the world objectively. Mastery calls for living purposely towards a vision that aligns with one’s values. Besides, the process involves a lifelong discipline that cannot be possessed but rather be frequently natured. Mastery includes personal growth through vision, purpose, belief, and commitment. Senge (2006) explains a system based thinking as an approach that supports team learning and problem-solving. He equates the growth and learning to personal mastery.
Personal mastery is a significant aspect of a leader. Leadership begins when one learns to manage themselves ( Senge, 2006) Personal mastery is essential to my growth as a leader in enabling me to know myself, be myself, and bring out the best in me. It helps me identify my areas of incompetence and my growth and make me aware of my ignorance. The masterly gives me a sense of purpose that supports my vision. Besides, it gives me a chance to embrace the current reality and use it to attain my future goals. Personal mastery assists me in responding to stress and conflict at work. When challenges occur, I can mitigate the situation with understanding rather than escalating the problem with reactive behavior. In moments of workplace politics and turf wars, personal mastery helps me diagnose the problem, discuss the issue with the staff, and accept my mistakes. Furthermore, the concept allows me to embrace the changes in the workplace. It gives me a chance to live a life that is aligned with my values. Finally, mastering has continually enabled me to live in a learning mode accompanied by continuous growth.
I believe that to become a successful leader; I need to learn how to lead myself. Therefore, I have decided to pursue continuous growth through personal mastery. My plan entails the principles of values, purpose, vision, and commitment. Mental models largely influenced the elements of my plan. The paradigms are deeply rooted assumptions and generalized images of how we think of the world and act (Senge, 2006). They determine how people judge different situations according to how they appear
I picked the values by identifying the ten most important beliefs in my life and then eliminated some depending on their relevance to my life and work. As a leader, my first value is working with others in the workplace. I believe the principle is the primary factor behind teamwork and organizational development. The second value is effectiveness in my responsibility to achieve my goals and also be an example of my subordinates. In addition, I believe in helping others, regardless of their work position. For instance, enquiring about the personal lives of my workers, the hardships they are facing, and trying to offer a solution. I prefer placing the wellness of the workers ahead of the organization since its success depends on the performance of the employees.
The fourth value I hold is personal development. The dynamic world requires a leader who keeps up with the changing cultures and one who is flexible to adapt to changes (Senge, 2014). Personal development allows me to be updated with new styles of management and the technologies to incorporate. Mental models that influenced my choice of values include; the belief that teamwork improves an organization’s productivity, and the performance of workers is influenced by how their leader treats them.
A purpose shows the reason for one’s existence. It gives a sense of being to the vision (Senge, 2006). In my life, I have always aspired to be a leader, a mission that also influenced my career choice. My purpose as a leader is to offer an effective lead while applying ethical principles that make a significant change. I developed the statement through a reflection of my past achievements, my present conduct, and my future aspirations.
A vision statement gives a clear picture of where one is heading and what it will take to reach there. When I look to the future, I would wish to be proud and satisfied with the way of my life. I want to offer an exemplary leadership, where I nurture my followers to be effective leaders. I would wish my workers to develop in their career and say I played a part in their success. Besides, I want to create an organizational culture in which workers are motivated to do their duties and accomplish their career goals. My leadership vision statement is to consistently lead with democracy, caring for my subordinates, and working with other employees. I plan to develop, train, and mentor my team in creating an ethical and professional working environment. I will continuously improve my skills by learning new management approaches. There will also be transparent and honest communication between workers and leadership that allows free expression of criticism and ideas. I strive to understand the workers under me and give them a conducive working environment that will improve their loyalty and performance.
Personal mastery is only practical when it practiced consistently and regularly. To achieve my vision, I will first analyze my present performance against my intended goal, for instance, my relation with workers, how they freely communicate with me, and how productive they are under my leadership. In addition, I will try to understand myself more, learn my weaknesses and failures, and be confident in expressing my beliefs. I will also work on self-discipline in committing myself to the goals and focusing on the vision. Besides, I will nature a positive mental attitude while making decisions and taking actions through perceiving the best in me and others. The specific practice I will take is improving the relationship with the workers. I will place a weekly meeting in the workplace where the employees will have a chance to express their opinions and concerns. During the session, I will interact with members to create personal relations and understand their challenges both outside and at the workplace.
Personal mastery is a significant aspect of developing leadership skills. It contributes to one’s understanding of themselves and how to lead others. The process involves establishing one’s values, being motivated by one’s vision and mission, and balancing the current reality with the goals. I plan to carry out a personal mastery program to be a successful leader who promotes ethical practices. I intend to continuously follow the plan and develop myself both inside and outside the workplace. I will also ensure all the elements in the plan align with each other for a productive outcome. I will also alter my mental model to use them to identify and solve problems. Finally, I will encourage my staff to practice personal mastery to excel and develop in their careers.
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