Let’s talk about leadership and more importantly what leadership success is really all about.

I proclaim that we are all leaders in our own personal and professional life and when I approach this subject inside a coaching conversation, the perception of what leadership is to each individual, is varied and wide.

“To become a ‘champion leader – it starts and ends with your true self.
Do you know your real leadership style?”

Many leaders have been trained a certain way and have taken on that role as a leader without becoming aware of their own evolving path. In other words, trying to do the same thing expecting new results.

Most of all, the areas of leadership that seems to be overlooked which is very powerful is ‘leadership from the inside-out’. I call it ‘self-leadership’.

Self-leadership is all about you knowing yourself well enough with a strong personal and professional foundation, so much so, that others are affected just by who you are ‘being’. By becoming conscious with every action you take, every word you speak is naturally inspiring, persuasive and innovative.

Have you ever met someone and before you have spoken to them, you just know there is something about them that seems impressive and stands out from the crowd? This is called ‘presence’.

In the busy, fast pace of business and life today, standing out from the crowded market in an authentic and connected manner is paramount. Leaders are evolving very quickly and if they are not consciously connected with who they are, why they do what they do, and what makes them unique, they will get left behind.


There are 7 Top Qualities to becoming a Champion Leader through conscious self-leadership that successful leaders with presence have, that I would like to share with you today.

  1. Self-Direction

 Powerful leaders all have the developed trait of self-direction. They have created a game plan for their whole life. They set goals based on their values and consistently work towards them until they are achieved. Identify what your self-direction is and create a plan on how to achieve it.

  1. Self-Management

Powerful leaders ‘make’ it happen. Setting up systems in your personal and professional life to support you in achieving your goals. Self-management gives you energy and determination in making things happen. Learn ways to manage yourself, especially when challenges arise.

  1. Self-Awareness

Powerful leaders display a positive self-awareness. They know themselves very well – their strengths and weaknesses. They are more tuned in to others around them and intuitively tune-on much quicker than others. Develop ways to become more aware and mindful in the hustle and bustle of everyday activities.

  1. Self-Discipline

Powerful leaders practice self-discipline. You will never get to where you want to go if you do not have self-discipline. Identify what’s holding you back from being self-disciplined and how to break through the blockages of moving forward. Develop trust in doing what you say you are going to do.

  1. Self-Image

Powerful leaders see themselves as winners – they act like winners. They have a powerful personal brand expressing their unique strengths, gifts and talents. They consciously evolve with insight being the full representation of their authentic brand in the face of both challenges and opportunities. Develop ways to create the leadership self-image.

  1. Self-Confidence

Powerful leaders have developed a strong self-confidence – they weren’t necessarily born with these good feelings. With practice they have learnt to develop high levels of self-worth. Positive self-talk is the key to positive self-confidence. Become conscious about what your self-talk is saying to you all day, every day, and how you can develop your self-confidence.

  1. Self-Expectancy

Powerful leaders have a positive self-expectancy enabling them to be better prepared for opportunities. Be aware of what you expect in life because you will always attract what you expect. Develop ways to manage and prepare yourself through self-expectancy.

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Annette Stanton

Annette Stanton

With a national sporting background as a World Masters Champion, Annette Stanton uses her winning sporting strategies, techniques and formulas she gained from being a champion athlete to coach people today in a personal and business capacity. Annette has more than 32 years of experience as a powerful coach. She undertakes executive, business, personal coaching, team coaching and motivational speaker engagements. She is an international speaker specialising in transformational leadership.