3 Inspirations For Your Self-Leadership

Understanding leadership and social networking for business are just as important for social entrepreneurs as it is for traditional entrepreneurs.

Though social entrepreneurs have the added responsibility of thinking about the external, social impact of their business practices. Leadership is about taking responsibility for yourself, your team and the environment around you.

Self-Leadership Comes From Within

The concept of self-leadership concentrates on leadership from within. Usually, when we think of leadership, we think of one proclaimed leader who has followers supporting them.

Self-leadership, however, is about how everyone has the capacity to be a leader. Leadership becomes more about understanding yourself and your responsibilities, and taking directed action, rather than having authority over others. Self-leadership is about taking responsibility and direction for your own life.

Social entrepreneurs must be leaders, and must understand it – because essentially, they must understand themself.

Understanding yourself – your strengths, weaknesses, and personal passion – is highly significant for achieving social impact that is influential and effective.

3 Quotes to Help Motivate Your Self-Leadership

Michael Tucker, who heads Xtreme Business International, is a very interesting guy devoted to supporting social entrepreneurs especially in the USA. He has written an article called ‘The Price of Respect is Self-leadership‘ over at the Social Entrepreneur Forum.

There are 3 main quotes from his article that stand out, and may be useful to inspire your own social leadership:

  • If you cannot lead your self you can’t lead anyone else.
  • Self-leadership is important because it ensures that you materialize your goals and most importantly that you build self confidence.
  • People can’t help but admire and respect someone that has applied discipline to their life to accomplish a goal.

Share Your Inspirations That Drive Your Self-Leadership

How about for you? What inspires you? What social networking for business skills do you use through leadership? Share some inspirational quotes that motivate your own social leadership.

Are Your Habits Hurting Mama Nature?

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Whenever I think of the beauty of nature, I’m taken to a place where it’s a beautiful beach and the waves are crashing and I can hear it in the distance. I can smell the salty breeze and the cool wind is blowing against my face. I also think of the social responsibility that I have as an individual.

I love nature. I love Mama Nature!

The State of Our Environment

But one thing that does hurt me is when I do go to countries – many of them are actually developing countries – where environmental programmes aren’t as strong, and habits sometimes aren’t there to pick up after yourself, and NGO or environment campaigns haven’t been established as much.

It does hurt me as much to see general people, even friends sometimes, carelessly throwing their rubbish. Especially in a place where I am at the moment, Bangladesh, where vegetation is lush and green is everywhere – Heck it’s even on their flag.

It worries me.

And I wonder.

How to Change People’s Habits?

You know I grew up in Australia where we were taught to pick up rubbish – to clean up after myself, to ensure that I don’t throw anything carelessly otherwise I’ll be socially stigmatized.

Growing up in that area but then seeing and living here, and wondering about the differences – I pose to you the question: Are we a product of our environment? And how does affect Mama Nature?

In some parts of the world, they have very strict government policies. Is that a solution to it all? Is it just a matter of individual habits, and if it is, how can we change them?

Because really, when I walk out there in some places of Bangladesh, not all, it does disgust me to see rubbish in the streets being thrown carelessly when I know that the beauty of nature should really shine. Especially in a beautiful place like this.

It’s our world so we really should take care of it.

Share Your Thoughts.

What do you think? How can we change these habits? How can we help the environment through social responsibility?

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.

Social Business Ethics & the Question of Good and Evil

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In running a social enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, sometimes I think to myself: “I’m passionate about helping people. I’m passionate about wanting to bring good into the world.”

But when we want to do these sorts of good things and we want to focus on good, sometimes I tend to think to myself “Well if we want to be doing good, then there must be a counterbalance to that. And obviously, the counterbalance – the opposite – of good is evil.” And I question and I wonder about the forces of good and evil in the world.

A Struggle of Good and Evil?

Being a social entrepreneur and running a social business, I suppose you yourself have to come to grips with that struggle: the struggle of good and evil.

Now it’s a bit of a philosophical sort of query. It’s a bit moralistic and thinking more in terms of ethics, but I think it really is important particularly for social entrepreneurs who need to think in those terms.

Business Ethics in Practice: Black, White, Grey

Regarding ‘good’ and ‘evil’, as children we were taught that it’s very clear. That good on the one hand is this, whereas evil is that – it’s very black and white. But in the real world, where we practise, where reality comes into play and human emotions and the human dimension and complexities and all different events and circumstances come together, sometimes there is a grey of good and evil.

Share Your Opinions

And I just wonder, I want to ask you out there: How do you come to grips with these sorts of ideas of good and evil and that struggle? How do you keep sane? How do you keep it together – in knowing what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’ and trying to sort out that ‘greyness’?

Because there are influences out there and there are circumstances and things sometimes you just don’t understand. And as a community of social entrepreneurs and social businesspeople wanting to do good, I pose that question to you: How do you deal with the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ through your entrepreneurial skills?

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.

How Philanthropy Can Help Any Business Be More Socially Responsible

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Traditional businesses have always focused on the bottom-line of profit maximization rather than social responsibility.

In today’s society though, profit solely as the only bottom-line is not enough.

Social enterprises, in particular, focus on 3 bottom-lines: People, Planet and Profit.

Philanthropy as a Means of Social Contribution

Now, for a traditional business however, how can they move to a more social-enterprise dimension in the way of contribution?

One suggestion that I have is through philanthropy.

An easy way to implement philanthropy for any business is to look at the mission statement of the current business itself. Look at the products and services that it offers.

Giving to Global Literacy: Example of Better World Books

For example, you business may focus on computer services or the selling of books or even the selling of eyewear. Now in all three of those services, social enterprises have actually been made from them.

Let’s take the example of books. Better World Books, as a social enterprise, has actually sold used books and through the selling of used books, they’ve actually been able to use a portion of their profits to give to global literacy worldwide.

Link Philanthropy to Your Mission Statement

So when we talk about philanthropy and social responsibility, we don’t necessarily mean you have to give to a cause totally unrelated to your business. A great way to start for any business to get into contributing to others, is to really start with your own mission statement, look at the services and products you offer, and figure out ways in which you could charitably donate to NGOs or causes which excite your business because it links very much to its core mission statement.

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.

How to Have the Self-Confidence to Change the World

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Building self-confidence – building your own self-confidence – is so significant if you’re wanting to create and build your social business. And it is significant if you want to be changing the world. You can do this through social networking for business support.

Self-Confidence & the ‘I Can Do It’ Attitude

To be self confident means that you have the gut feeling inside that you yourself can do it. People who don’t have the feeling – who don’t have self-confidence – are those who won’t take massive action, who won’t go to the next level.

If you want to be a social entrepreneur and you want to take it to the next level in terms of change and social impact, my suggestion to you is to really build on your own self-confidence especially if you feel that you are lacking in it.

To harness your own self-confidence my advice to you would be this: I suggest that for your self-confidence to grow within you, you should focus less on what you lack. Focus less on your fears. Focus less on those things that you feel you’re not great at.

Focus On Your Strengths

Instead, focus on those things that you have strengths in. By focusing on your own strengths, and every single person in this world does have a strength – at least even one.

If you do this, you can gain more self-confidence especially as you look back and you focus more on the things that you can do – the small things even that you can do to make a social impact in the world. By focusing on what you can give, what value you can offer to others and the world around you. Focus solely on that. Along with that, though, you can also build even on your weaker areas and transforming that – but really the main part is focusing on your strengths. If you do this, I can guarantee you that you will gain more self-confidence.

Through having more self-confidence, in my point of view and through my experience, you will have the greater ability to do more and have greater impact. You will be able to lead and also create new opportunities for social networking for business support.