Self-Leadership In Your Career Pursuit

With organizations downsizing at an all time high and entrepreneurs on the rise, many find themselves having to do-it-themselves in areas where they might require help.

Specifically, professional and career development is about YOU- your desire, your needs, your goals. Taking control of your career path is a perfect way to sharpen your skills and demonstrate your potential. It is important to have more ‘’hands on’’ experience in your career. High potential CEOs, Sole Proprietors, Small business owners have the understanding that keeping their skills and experience up to date is necessary for market place survival.

Ideally, organizations would do more to foster a culture of career development. However, the reverse is the case in today’s organizations. Organizations today leave their employees in isolation with skill gaps and blind spots that can derail their career and halt their progression.

People learn via different mediums. It could be from experience, relationships, engagement with new information through online or virtual classes, books, etc.

KEY EXPERIENCES- it is necessary to understand that you are on your own. Your independence could have been due to the fact that the Company you work for once had a career ladder and resourceful programs to guide you on your career journey. In recent times, this process has halted. Here a few tips to make your experience invaluable;

  • Ensure your leisure time is productive- It is not an automatic free pass to lounge around and do nothing. This can offer a great opportunity to catch up on unfinished tasks or advance yourself personally and professionally
  • Weigh up opportunities for learning potentials- Execute a task differently from the way you have always done it…allow it to stretch you or teach you to do something new
  • Pen down the experiences- The lessons learnt, accomplishments provides you a moment to feel nostalgic.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS- No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. There is an interconnectedness of all humankind. People learn from others. We’ve all heard it’s important to network and find a mentor and sponsor. The most successful do-it-yourself individuals build a diversity of relationships and rely on those individuals for honest feedback, advice, insight, and information throughout the course of their careers.


If we all aspire to be the CEO of our careers, think of these people as an advisory board. The group should include peers inside and outside the Company, higher-ups in your chain of command and in other divisions, someone in your Company’s human resources department, peers and leaders in your industry, family and trusted friends from college and elsewhere.

Before you take that giant step of taking control of your career development, here are a few things you need to consider;

  • Understand what you are being evaluated on
  • Identify your skill gaps
  • Correct your blind spots
  • Increase your visibility with your supervisors
  • Become a guru in an area of increasing your importance in your Company
  • Seek good counsel and mentoring

Your comfort zone can be likened to a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion but be conscious of the fact that huge potentials can arise from moving out of that self-illusion zone. Hence, use ‘every-get together’ to build a stronger brand – YOU.


It is necessary to understand that your skillset is your career capital, so take time to develop your functional skills. Accept the fact that you are fully responsible for your career path and mastery of skills. There is no parking, no halt and success is non-stop.

At Kimberly Ryan, we provide access to career coaches who will guide you through this self-leadership building phase. We offer advice to ensure you go through this process seamlessly with a glorious end in mind.


1 Comment

  • Joy Okoro

    ‘Accept the fact that you are fully responsible for your career path and mastery of skills’. I really agree with this sentence. However, what advice would you give one planning to transition from a career in Travel consulting into Human resource management within her early career year.

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