Personal Leadership is taking responsibility for all aspects of your life and leading it in the direction that is best for you. In order to be a successful leader on the job, having strong personal leadership skills is critical. When you are able to take responsibility for decisions you are making in all areas of your life and are making those decisions in your own best interest, you are better able to have a positive and inspiring impact on others and are also able to be a role model for others in the leadership arena. There are three factors that impact strong personal leadership skills.

First is your mindset. I’ve spoken and written about the importance of mindset before so if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I believe your mindset about any topic is the foundation of your success in that particular area. Mindset is defined as “A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person's responses to and interpretations of situations." Having a positive attitude and perspective about personal leadership and making decisions that are in your best interest is your first step towards strong personal leadership skills. Having positive beliefs and expectations about what will result when you make choices in your own best interest and setting intentions for positive outcomes are all part of having a positive mindset about personal leadership. Your mindset about personal leadership and being strong in this area will be the foundation of your success in this area and will also translate to your leadership skills at work.

The next important area is about your energy; how are you managing your energy? Are you taking time to renew yourself and do things to nurture yourself? This all supports you in being able to make the choices that will lead you in directions that are best for you. This again translates into your leadership skills at work; managing your energy in all areas of your life enables you to give your best both personally and professionally and to be at your best when you are both at home and at work.

The third important area of personal leadership is about your support systems. Having strong personal leadership skills means you have a network of people who you can rely on to support you through making choices that are in your best interest. These people are your sounding boards, your trusted colleagues, your family and friends and really anyone who you define as part of your inner circle of confidantes. These are the people who know you and who you trust. They are the ones you can bounce ideas off of, vent to, and seek advice and counsel from This again translates to your being a strong leader at work. We all know the importance of having a strong network in our careers; people who can advocate for us, listen to us, help us and for whom we do the same. Strong personal leadership skills require the same type of network.

Strong personal leadership is about being the best leader in your personal life, just as you are in your professional life. It’s about making the choices and decisions in your own best interest, just as you do when you make work decisions that are in the best interest of your company or your team. It’s about taking full responsibility for the choices that work best for you so you can be your best for others. Having strong personal leadership skills also makes you an outstanding role model for those you lead at work and demonstrates these vital skills to them so that they can do the same in their lives.

Author's Bio: 

Andria is an award winning executive and leadership development coach and consultant. She works with clients to develop leadership skills and talent strategies that align with business strategy and drive results. She has over 15 years of Corporate Human Resources experience with areas of expertise in talent and succession management, leadership development and executive coaching. She has written numerous articles on talent management, career and leadership development, and strategic HR practices. She is currently in the process of writing a book titled: From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor: What Every HR Professional Must Do To Succeed Today. Andria is currently the Principal Owner of C3 Coaching & Consulting; an Executive Coaching & Strategic Human Resources Consulting firm specializing in helping individuals and organizations reach their highest potential through career and leadership development programs. To subscribe to C3's newsletter, Career Connection, and to get your free report: Three Key Steps to Creating Your Perfect Career, please visit C3's website (