Why leaders must master self control

Here, we look at how you can manage your own self control and how you can help others to manage theirs

Learning how to master the art of self control is something that everyone needs to be able to do, whoever you are and whatever you do for a living.

However, if you are a business leader or manager it is even more important, as just like a parent and child, you are setting an example and your ability to control yourself will show those who work for you how they can do the same.

Here, we look at how you can manage your own self control and how you can help others to manage theirs.

Managing your own self control

Whatever line of work you are in, or whether you are managing a sports team as a career or as a hobby, the art of self control is vital.

As a leader or manager, self control is really important as it helps you to maintain emotional balance. This means that while you might be on a high about all the great things that happen in your team or organisation, you’ll be more equipped to handle disappointments.

Self control will help provide you and your team with mental balance and stability, which means that hopefully you can avoid the rollercoaster of ups and downs that can happen in sport and business.

These are probably more common in sport as the ups and downs of winning and losing come with that territory. However, they can also be common in business; particularly if you work in a sales driven environment.

So as a manager, it is important for your team that you demonstrate self control so you can set an example.

Helping others to manage their self control

There are several ways that as a people manager or team leader you can help others to manage their own self control. One clear way is to use your own self control as an example.

However there are also other ways. It is vital that you manage the expectations of your team, as to do this will eliminate the element of surprise and ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them.

Springing new targets and expectations on a team or workforce mean that they will not be able to demonstrate consistency with their self control. Encouraging self control means that your team will be able to perform to the best of their abilities.

Hopefully this has shown how important it is for both a manager and the whole team to have the ability to exercise self control, so that you will all be on the right track to success, whether that is in sport or in business.

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