What does it mean to manage/regulate yourself (self-regulate) and others?
To me, self-regulation means leading myself to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done whether I am feeling like it or not. It means being able to foresee what needs to be done and doing it. Many times self-regulation for me means constantly assessing situations and environments to find a problem or a need and offer a solution or be the solution.
I’ve always been internally motivated not just to complete assignments for school or a job, but also seek out more learning opportunities than are expected of my position. As a lifelong learner, this is just the natural way that I think.
How does it bring you towards goals?
This way of thinking leads me to my goals much sooner than if my mindset about it was the opposite. I have the ability to see the bottom line or end goal and work from that to get the project finished.
How important is communication in this process?
When working independently I find that things go a lot smoother than if I am working in a group. There are always positives and negatives to working in teams, but if the individual mindsets are very conflicting or if people in the group are not good listeners or good communicators, it’s very difficult to move forward on any project.
Lack of communication can destroy any project or team pretty quickly. I’ve found that when working on projects such as Project B, lack of communication is the main ingredient for failure of implementation.
John Maxwell says in his book How Successful People Think that the most important aspect of being a good leader is being a good listener. This is true, but for good communication everyone involved needs to be able to listen and respond in a timely manner.
Maxwell, John C. (2009) How Successful People Think. johnmaxwellonleadership.com/2009/06/08/how-successful-people-think/.