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Personal Leadership: Leading the Self before Leading Others

A step-by-step process for strengthening your leadership style

One of the biggest challenges current and future leaders face is to be able to "lead themselves" before going out and attempting to lead others. Being grounded and as clear as possible on one's own values, preferences, ways of working and communicating with others and ways of doing things, especially in times of stress and pressure, is a vital first step to becoming an effective leader.

This highly interactive program offers participants a chance to assess how they respond to ambiguous situations, decision points and conflict. Instead of going on "auto pilot," Personal Leadership (PL) offers a step-by-step process for taking charge of your own reactions and becoming aware of your own judgments, emotions and physical sensations resulting in greater clarity and resolve in determining the best options - especially in situations of conflict and change.

Consisting of a framework of two principles and six practices and augmented by a process technology called the Critical Moment Dialogue, Personal Leadership is based on ideas and theories from the fields of Leadership Development, Whole-Person-Self-Development, Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology and has served as the organizing framework for numerous team-building and community-building initiatives around the world.

Course Outline

Day 1:

Lesson 1. Laying the Foundation

Participants will learn about the development and theoretical foundations of Personal Leadership as well as the core methodology consisting of the two principles and six practices. They will also experience PL's central process technology, the Critical Moment Dialogue.

  • Theoretical Foundations of Personal Leadership
  • The Two Principles and Six Practices of Personal Leadership
  • The Personal Leadership Process Model and Choice Point
  • Engaging the Critical Moment Dialogue, Part 1
  • Developing a Personal Vision Statement as a Guideline for Being an Effective Leader

Day 2:

Lesson 2. Applying Personal Leadership

Participants will be invited to engage in an exercise to help them clarify their own values and preferences which will result in making the best decisions and actions in situations of conflict or indecision.

  • Refining your Vision Statement
  • Engaging in the Critical Moment Dialogue, Part 2
  • Applying the Methodology to a Current Situation
  • Developing an Action Plan

Learner Outcomes

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • To understand the development and theoretical foundations of Personal Leadership
  • To analyze the potential effects of practicing Personal Leadership in personal, interpersonal and organizational contexts
  • To explore and apply the two Principles and six Practices of Personal Leadership
  • To develop a Personal Vision Statement as an Effective Leader - of the Self and Others
  • To understand and apply Personal Leadership's central process technology, i.e., the Critical Moment Dialogue


Making a World of Difference: Personal Leadership - A Methodology of Two Principles and Six Practices by Barbara F. Schaetti, Ph.D., Sheila J. Ramsey, Ph.D. & Gordon C. Watanabe, Ph.D., 2008, Flying Kite Publications, Seattle, WA.

Course Specifications

Course Length: 12 hours

Next Steps

This course is currently not offered to the public.