Tuesday, 13 April 2021

21st Century Skills: The Importance of Self-Discipline and a Leadership Mindset

Are you dreaming of success? Unfortunately the road to get there may be longer and bumpier than you imagine.

Even the luckiest among us face obstacles, but the difference between those who let these setbacks prevent them from achieving their goals and those who use them as lessons to do better in future comes down to some simple skills.

So what are the skills required to be successful in life? And what can you do to hone them? Keep on reading.


Whether you’re looking for a great career or a healthier lifestyle, self-discipline is the answer.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, self-discipline is the ability to control one’s feelings and overcome one’s weaknesses. 

A study conducted in 2013 by Wilhelm Hoffman and a team of researchers at the University of Chicago discovered that people who had self-discipline were more likely to deal with challenges. 

According to the research, those who have self-discipline were able to make rational choices without feeling stressed. Moreover, this soft skill is also said to help people avoiding impulse decisions, preventing them from making a decision they would regret. 

To develop self-discipline, you can start by choosing the most feasible goals and focusing on them. When you face obstacles, try to remove all the temptations to surrender and embrace the difficult journey. If you keep repeating this process, then we’re certain that you have mastered the art of self-discipline.

Leadership mindset

You may not feel like being a leader, but you still need a leadership mindset to achieve your goals. 

As we have mentioned earlier, life is full of uncertainties. When things get tough, you need the mindset of a leader to stay positive and proactive. 

According to Harvard Business Review, mindsets are leaders’ mental lenses that dictate what information they take in and use to make sense of and navigate the situations they encounter. 

A leadership mindset guides you to focus on what is important, to take action, and stand up when facing challenges. 

Here comes the next question: What can we do to cultivate a leadership mindset? 

First and foremost, you need to have a sense of responsibility. You need to take responsibility of your thoughts and actions as it is going to affect others. 

Then, try to be more open minded. As life is a continuous learning process, allow yourself to grow by learning from past mistakes. By doing these efforts, you will have the mental lenses to navigate any situation.

Self-discipline and leadership mindset are among the traits Tanoto Foundation, an independent family philanthropy organisation founded by Sukanto Tanoto and Tinah Bingei Tanoto in 1981, aims to nurture in future leaders through its TELADAN program. So which trait do you want to improve today? 

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