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5 Key Elements Of Effective Self-Leadership – Your Secret Weapon For Success

Written by: Stephanie Train Puente, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

Executive Contributor Stephanie Train Puente

Most of the time, the concept of leadership is associated with people in positions of power — guiding their teams toward a common goal. But leadership isn't just about guiding others. It starts within ourselves.

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And we all have the capacity to lead. But the question is, are we effective leaders in our own lives? Are we steering ourselves in the direction we truly want to go, or are we allowing distractions, procrastination, discouragement, or fear to keep us stuck?

Self-leadership is the practice of intentionally guiding oneself toward personal and professional goals, taking responsibility for one's actions, and continuously evolving as a leader in one's own life — despite the distractions, procrastination, and self-doubt that may try to derail you.

"The best way to predict the future is to create it." — Peter Drucker

To become more effective self-leaders, we must establish strategies and habits that keep us on the path to our desired destination. Here are some key elements that can help you become a more effective self-leader:

1. A clear vision

It all begins with a vision. The person you want to be. Your vision determines the goals you set for yourself and the decisions you make to reach those goals.

It’s important to connect with your vision on a daily basis. Visualize yourself achieving your goal, feel the emotions that come along with meeting your goal, and reaffirm your commitment to achieving it.

For example — let's say your vision is to become a successful entrepreneur. Every day, you might remind yourself of this vision by visualizing your business thriving, and setting short-term goals to move closer to that vision. Create a timeline, set deadlines, make to-do lists, and use project management apps to help stay organized!

2. Mindful thoughts and actions

Our thoughts play a pivotal role in shaping our actions and outcomes. To lead yourself effectively, it's important to pay close attention to your thoughts and ensure they align with the person you want to become.

Take time to regularly assess your thought patterns. Are they aligned with the person you want to become and the goals you want to achieve? If not, work on reshaping your thoughts to support your desired outcomes.

For example — if you want to become more confident, pay attention to any self-doubt or negative self-talk. Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations and remind yourself of all the times you’ve been successful in the past.

You’ve got this!

3. Meditation and mindfulness

Incorporating meditation or mindfulness practices into your daily routine can help you manage stress, stay focused, nurture a clear sense of purpose — and maintain an alignment with your goals.

Using meditation apps like Headspace or Insight Timer is an easy way to help you begin a regular practice. Even if it’s only five minutes a day — a daily meditation practice can help you feel more calm, clear, and empowered.

4. Continuous learning

Great self-leaders are lifelong learners. They understand that expanding their horizons and pushing their boundaries are the keys to staying on course. To lead ourselves effectively, we must commit to a lifetime of learning. This involves studying success principles, learning from others, and expanding our awareness.

Listening to podcasts, reading books, attending local workshops and seminars, exploring platforms such as TED Talks, and taking online courses are all excellent ways to continually educate yourself.

5. Accountability and support

Self-leadership doesn't mean you have to do it alone. It’s important to co-create with others in life to bring about more expanded results. Surrounding yourself with those you admire — who share your vision, can give you valuable advice, accountability, and encouragement. This can also help you achieve your goals faster — and with more confidence.

Join social groups or online communities related to your interests. Look for mentorship programs, or accountability groups who can help you stay on track. Seeking professional coaching can also provide valuable feedback, support, and guidance on your self-leadership journey.


Leadership isn’t limited to boardrooms or public platforms. It begins at home — within yourself. Every day is a new opportunity for you to make choices and take actions that move you closer to your goals. By understanding these key elements of self-leadership and putting them into practice — you can become an effective leader of your own life.

"The future depends on what you do today." — Mahatma Gandhi

Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or visit my website to learn more about how we can work together so you can become a more effective self-leader — and achieve all of your life and career goals.

Stephanie Train Puente Brainz Magazine

Stephanie Train Puente, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Stephanie Puente is a certified coach, speaker, international bestselling author and practitioner of life success principles. Her 25+ years of study and experience working with transformational mindset tools has helped hundreds of people to reshape their lives and discover their inherent ability to build their dreams and create a life they love living. Stephanie is a bridge for women leaders, helping them to transform their inner critic into an empowered advocate for greater self-love and authentic confidence so that they boldly shine their light, give their gifts, and fulfill their mission in business and in life.



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