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Illinois Leadership Competencies: Personal/Self: Self-Management

An effective leader nurtures and improves their own self-esteem, goals, relationships, and values through self analysis and self-growth. This LibGuide provides resources to support the development of the Personal/Self competency.

What is Self-Management?

"Money I can only gain or lose, time I can only lose, so I must spend it carefully"


A great leader knows how to use their time, energy, and resources. Leaders who approach their own behavior with wisdom and thought improve their business, personal, and familial relationships. Self-Managers are those who operate efficiently and play to their strengths.

The Self-Management section uses the Self-Knowledge you're building, and allows you to implement this knowledge to reach your goals and plans. Similarly, these sources will develop the skills to help you push through difficulties and maintain your direction.

Books on Self-Management

"Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" TED Talk by Angela Lee Duckworth

Must Listen: Self-Management Podcasts