Personal Leadership: Leading the Self Before Leading Others

One of the biggest challenges current and future leaders face is to be able to "lead themselves" before going out and attempting to lead others. Being grounded and as clear as possible on your own values, preferences, ways of working and communicating with others and ways of doing things, especially in times of stress and pressure, is a vital first step to becoming an effective leader.

This two-day integrative program offers participants a chance to assess how they respond to ambiguous situations, decision points and conflict. Instead of going on "auto pilot," Personal Leadership (PL) offers a step-by-step process for taking charge of your own reactions and becoming aware of your own judgments, emotions and physical sensations resulting in greater clarity and resolve in determining the best options - especially in situations of conflict and change.

Consisting of a framework of two principles and six practices and augmented by a process technology called the Critical Moment Dialogue, Personal Leadership is based on ideas and theories from the fields of Leadership Development, Whole-Person-Self-Development, Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology and has served as the organizing framework for numerous team-building and community-building initiatives around the world.

This is a required course for the Certificate in The Art and Practice of Leadership Development or can be attended as a stand-alone course.

Program Objectives

  • To understand the development and theoretical foundations of Personal Leadership
  • To analyze the potential effects of practicing Personal Leadership in personal, interpersonal and organizational contexts
  • To explore and apply the two Principles and six Practices of Personal Leadership
  • To develop a Personal Vision Statement as an Effective Leader - of the Self and Others
  • To understand and apply Personal Leadership's central process technology, i.e., the Critical Moment Dialogue

Day 1: Laying the Foundation

Participants will learn about the history and theoretical foundations of Personal Leadership as well as the core methodology consisting of the two principles and six practices.

Key Learnings

  • Theoretical Foundations of Personal Leadership
  • The Two Principles and Six Practices of Personal Leadership
  • The Personal Leadership Process Model and Choice Point
  • Developing a Personal Vision Statement as a Guideline for Being an Effective Leader

Day 2: Applying Personal Leadership

Participants will be invited to engage in an exercise to help them to clarify their own values and preferences which will result in making the best decisions and actions in situations of conflict or indecision.

Key Learnings

  • Looking at the Bigger Picture: Operating at your "Highest and Best"
  • Refining your Vision Statement
  • Engaging in the Critical Moment Dialogue
  • Applying the Methodology to a Current Situation
  • Developing an Action Plan

You Will Receive

Making a World of Difference: Personal Leadership - A Methodology of Two Principles and Six Practices by Barbara F. Schaetti, Ph.D., Sheila J. Ramsey, Ph.D., & Gordon C. Watanabe, Ph.D., 2008, Flying Kite Publications, Seattle, WA.


Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m.
There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon coffee breaks. This course includes lunches, refreshment breaks, seminar materials and a certificate of completion.


"Rita is excellent at engaging participants. She is very thought provoking and has keen and passionate insights about her subject."

"The 6 practices - I can see how I can apply them to my personal and professional life."

"Rita is excellent at linking the aspects of personal leadership with professional needs."

"I was able to identify my own strengths so I can use them to promote leadership in my profession."


Rita Wuebbeler is an international business consultant with over 20 years of experience in Europe, North and South America and Asia and a Senior Associate with the Atlantic Leadership Development Institute. She is a recognized facilitator of Personal Leadership Seminars and teaches Personal Leadership to a wide range of organizations in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Rita also teaches Cultural Competence programs to individuals and groups, especially in the health care sector, and conducts Team Optimization workshops for intact teams. Rita regularly gives presentations at international professional conferences and plays an active role in her professional association, the Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR) as an advisory board member and mentor.