Updated: Mar 12
The soul of any business is the team, and unless we groom and inspire our teams to produce their very best work no organisation can ever achieve their ultimate vision.
In the face of the drastic disruption that is here and coming, over the next decade, the organizations that see employees as the most valuable part of the business and not just cogs in the machine, will produce phenomenal results. While others who fail to understand this or are too rigid to accept and make the shift will eventually perish.
"Organizations learn only through individuals who learn. Individual learning does not guarantee organizational learning. But without it no organizational learning occurs.” Peter Senge
All of the great companies have similar traits, and their most significant strength is their culture and the ability to develop, maintain, and retain their unique culture over the daily struggles and challenges in the life of the company. Increased profits are a byproduct of a great culture.
The pandemic has brought some unprecedented changes to the world and the way we think. In this time of rapid change, only those who are flexible, adaptive and productive will excel.
Growth-oriented organisations are where people continually expand their potential to produce the results they desire, where new and innovative patterns of thinking are nurtured. In these times embracing personal mastery can bring massive rewards for an organisation.
What is Personal Mastery?
Personal Mastery is not a state of mind to achieve but a way of life to incorporate. Personal mastery is the process of living and working purposefully towards a vision and in a state of constant learning about oneself and your reality.
It is an involved approach that builds a team's capability to achieve short and long-term goals. Helping organisations become more self-aware and identify gaps that they need to overcome to be able to achieve their ultimate vision. Personal Mastery and Self-leadership can be considered one and the same.
"To be confident, competent, goal-oriented high performers we must first master ourselves."
To understand Personal Mastery better, let’s dive into its essential characteristics.
Failure is inevitable, the truth is that you will fail, it’s just a part of the process. Instead of beating yourself for not achieving your goals, what's important is you start learning from your mistakes. The deeper you dig within yourself, the more you gain understanding about who you are and what goals align with your core values.
Vision & Purpose
Developing a clear vision for the future, both short and long-term goals are critical to the growth of your organisation. As your people become more self-aware in their approach, they regain that lost sense of motivation because they understand their personal aspirations and are willing to put that extra effort to align their aspirations to the vision of the organisation.
On the path of growth, you pick some values and your drop some based on whether they truly resonate with your character or not.
You decide who you are and who you want to become based on your value system. Values are the guiding force that drive us to take action and contribute to our personal and professional growth.
The path of Personal Mastery is to develop a mindset that is always ready to learn, unlearn, and relearn. The focus shifts from ‘what I know’ to ‘what more can I know’. Whether it is about self, about others, professional or personal growth, the hunger to learn never dies.
Why is Personal Mastery Important in Modern Organizational Management?
Personal Mastery brings with itself a more conscious approach towards everything. When you embark on the path of integrating personal mastery into your organisation, you will find new possibilities to go beyond what you could have ever imagined.
Some benefits are:
Implementation of Personal Mastery develops self-awareness. As you get more and more self-aware, you also develop emotional intelligence, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and develop the ability to effectively manage relationships, which is the foundational skill for good team work.
Both self-awareness and emotional intelligence lead to the thirst for continuous growth and evolution. This attitude transcends into all aspects of life. And the most important aspect for an organisation to achieve phenomenal results is the attitude of it's leaders and it's people.
As you dive deeper into your sense of being, you start to develop a deeper sense of connectedness with life. You become more grateful and appreciative of the opportunities you have and see abundance in every aspect of life. Humility and kindness start to grow within you.
Your creativity and innovative streaks are heightened when you are inclined towards self-improvement. This, in turn, enhances the competitive advantage of the organization as more and more employees lean towards Personal Mastery.
As more leaders of an organization start to practice Personal Mastery, the overall leadership in the organization starts to improve. The results get reflected through increased productivity, higher employee engagement, and low employee turnover.
Personal mastery makes teams adaptive to change and helps them see change as an opportunity to grow, evolve, and innovate. In an organizational set-up, this can lead to breakthrough innovations and ideas.
Personal Mastery, helps one live in the present and find contentment in it, which increases presence in the task at hand and the ability to live in the moment while giving it your absolute best.
Even though modern organizations need to adapt to changing tides, there are still various barriers in the transition. In most small and medium businesses the investment in human resources is still considered an expense. Lack of qualified personnel within the organization to promote and implement a culture of continuous learning and personal mastery is common and hiring qualified personnel or trainers of Personal Mastery often remains a far-fetched idea.
What one cannot deny is the shifting dynamics of the world and the need for organizations to hold a competitive edge, develop the ability of quick adaptation, innovation, and creativity.
At this time it is only an investment in the growth and development of people that an organisation will sustain a culture of development and growth as a whole.
The culture of Personal Mastery is key to building great leadership and positive organisational culture. The aspects of empathy, emotional intelligence, authenticity, genuine concern for each other, growth and success become virtues of a company only when the people know how to lead themselves.
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