Module 10 : Self-Development

Module 10 : Self-development

Every person is the owner and promoter of his or her own success. The results we achieve in life are a consequence of our actions, the decisions we take and the attitude we hold.

Effective people hold the attitude that results in life are a consequence of their own actions, they accept that their actions are a consequence of their thoughts. This attitude is called “Internal Locus of Control” (ILC). It is the belief that “control over my results in life lies within me” and “I choose how to react” to the realities of life.

As a result of the Internal Locus of Control attitude, individuals accept personal responsibility in life, they learn from failure rather than blaming others and therefore become successful. Some organisations require people with an Internal Locus of Control and “can-do” attitude. The leader has a major influence on the development of a positive attitude in the team.

Internal Locus of Control (ILC) vs External Locus of Control (ELC)

People with an “External Locus of Control” (ELC) believe that results in life are mainly a consequence of circumstances beyond their control or “bad luck” and therefore they blame others for their mishaps and tend to be passive.

People with an External Locus of Control tend to display a “can’t do” attitude. They blame others for their failure, therefore do not learn and develop. Failure leads to more blaming and the situation becomes worse.

To achieve success in life you need to be proactive and take charge of your thoughts allowing only positive thoughts to enter your mind, you are in essence the person you believe and think you are.

One of the key focus areas of Competitive Dynamics International’s Mission-Directed Work Teams® programme is helping your employees develop an Internal Locus of Control in taking personal responsibility. We can help you create a high achievement culture and help your employees gain self-insight to improve personal effectiveness and goal setting.

Contact CDI to find out more about the Mission-Directed Work Teams.