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Basis of second discussion for The Leadership Initiative.

Basis of second discussion for The Leadership Initiative.

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  • Peter Senge says, “Personal mastery goes beyond competence and skills…it means approaching one’s life as a creative work, living life from a creative as opposed to a reactive viewpoint.” Personal mastery is about creating what one wants in life and in work. Continually expanding personal mastery is a discipline based on a number of key principles and practices: personal vision, personal purpose, holding creative tension between vision and current reality, mitigating the impact of deeply rooted beliefs that are contrary to personal mastery, commitment to truth, and understanding the subconscious. Practitioners of personal mastery exhibit the following characteristics They have a sense of purpose that lies behind their goals Their vision is more like a calling than a good idea They see current reality as an ally, not an enemy They are committed to seeing reality increasingly accurately They are extremely inquisitive They do not resist, but work with, the forces of change They feel connected to others and to life itself They feel that they are part of a larger creative process that they can influence but cannot unilaterally control Senge links personal mastery to effective leadership stating, “The core leadership strategy is simple: be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery.”


  • 1. Personal Mastery Karyn M. Warsow, MS, MPH, DrPH Candidate Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy Management and Leadership
  • 2. Some times I feel so… Source: /
  • 3.
    • What is Personal Mastery?
    Individual Personal Beliefs Hopes/Dreams Self-Efficacy Purpose Awareness: Controls/Monitors Behavior Understands Strengths Acceptance: Criticism Feedback Weaknesses Organization Benefits: Effectiveness Efficiency Success
  • 4. Characteristics
    • Individual learning is the cornerstone of success
      • Balance between work and personal life
      • Personal talents, gifts and strengths
      • Exploring and clarifying dreams, hopes, values, beliefs, and purpose
          • Taps into an individual’s innate energy, commitment and creativity
  • 5. 6 Invisible Assets of Personal Mastery (Self- Directed Learners)
    • 1. Work with an underlying sense of purpose
        • Guided by passion
    • 2. Never surrender the art of dreaming
        • Set and achieve goals
    • 3. Focus on personal gifts
        • Concentrate on doing what they do best
  • 6.
    • 4. See themselves as volunteers not victims
        • Takes responsibility for themselves (internal locus of control)
    • 5. Act despite their fears (risk-takers)
        • Initiating action
    • 6. Thrive on interdependence
        • Trust and rely on others
    6 Invisible Assets of Personal Mastery (Self-Directed Learners)
  • 7. August 16, 2011 CHPPD Leadership Initiative Any Questions?
  • 8. References
    • Personal Mastery (August 15, 2011). Retrieved From:
    • How Personal Mastery Will Change Your Life (August 15, 2011). Retrieved From:
    • What is Personal Mastery? (August 15, 2011). Retrieved From:
    • Reaping the Rewards of Personal Mastery (August 15, 2011). Retrieved From: