Personal leadership

What is personal leadership?

Personal leadership is a leadership philosophy that emphasizes the importance of self-worth, personal development and self-direction in effective leadership. Rather than focusing solely on the role a leader plays within an organization, personal leadership looks inward to the leader's character, principles and abilities.

Personal leadership involves a deep understanding of your core values, strengths, weaknesses and leadership style. It also involves a commitment to constant self-reflection and self-improvement. Through this process, leaders learn to take responsibility for their actions, to make decisions in line with their values and to create a personal vision that guides their leadership.

It's also important to note that personal leadership is not only about leaders themselves, but also about their relationships with others. An effective personal leader is able to create authentic and trusting relationships with their employees, which helps foster a positive and productive work environment. By being authentic, honest and accountable, leaders can create a work culture that supports collaboration, innovation and high performance.

Personal leadership is also about helping others find and realize their potential. This means that leaders focus not only on developing their own skills, but also on helping their employees grow and develop. This can be done through mentoring, coaching and creating opportunities for learning and development within the organization.

Overall, personal leadership is a comprehensive approach to leadership that focuses on both the personal development of the leader and creating a positive and supportive work environment. It's a philosophy that recognizes that effective leadership begins with knowing and leading yourself before you can effectively lead others.

Why should you work on your personal leadership?

Working with personal leadership is a key part of being an effective leader. It's about understanding and developing yourself, creating authentic relationships and making a positive impact in your organization.

First and foremost, self-awareness is the key to effective leadership. By understanding your strengths and weaknesses, you can leverage what you are good at and address areas where you need to improve. By working on your personal leadership, you can learn to make better decisions, manage stress more effectively and improve your ability to resolve conflict.

Working on personal leadership also helps create authentic relationships. Employees respond positively to leaders who show genuine concern for their wellbeing and who communicate openly and honestly. By developing your personal leadership, you can build stronger, more trusting relationships with your team, which can increase employee engagement and productivity.

On a larger level, personal leadership work helps you create a positive impact in your organization. A manager with strong personal leadership skills can inspire and motivate their team to perform at their best, support innovation and create a work culture that values respect, inclusion and collaboration.

Finally, personal leadership is essential for your professional growth. By constantly working on your personal development as a leader, you can create new opportunities for advancement and achieve your career goals.

In summary, personal leadership work is essential to being an effective leader. It improves your ability to lead yourself and others, strengthens your relationships and helps you create a positive impact in your organization.

LEAD's approach to developing personal leadership

At LEAD, we see personal leadership as a necessary component of effective management and organizational success. We have developed an approach that aims to strengthen a leader's ability to self-manage, build relationships and positively influence the organization.

Our work with personal leadership starts with creating a deep understanding of the leader's unique strengths, weaknesses and leadership style. This is achieved through a comprehensive diagnostic process that includes interviews, observations and leadership profiling tools.

We support leaders in building and developing their capacity for self-awareness and self-management. We emphasize self-awareness and self-regulation and encourage reflection on one's own behavior, reactions and patterns. This creates the foundation for personal development and transformation.

Relationship building is also a key focus. We help leaders develop their communication and relationship-building skills so they can build strong and trusting relationships with their team and other stakeholders.

Finally, we emphasize the importance of exerting positive influence in the organization. We work with leaders to help them inspire and motivate their teams, foster innovation and create an inclusive and respectful work culture.

We believe in an individual approach, tailoring our support to each leader based on their unique needs and context. Our goal is not only to strengthen the leader's capabilities, but also to support them in developing an authentic leadership style that resonates with their values, personality and the organization they are part of.

LEAD's approach to personal leadership is therefore an in-depth and personalized process that can create lasting change and significant improvement in leadership.

How we can help you

We offer you management and organizational sparring, research-based training and presentations on personal leadership as well as training courses with a specific focus on giving you and your organization general leadership skills. Read examples of our services here.


Inspiring research-based presentations on personal leadership for all levels of your organization


Sparring in connection with the development of your organization, your decisions and initiatives.


Facilitation of active workshops focusing on competence development at management and executive level.

The personal leadership consulting team

Claus Elmholdt

Professional Director | Founder | Read more here

Katrine Bastian

Senior Consultant | Read more here

Maja Nyboe Bjerrehuus

Senior Consultant | Read more here

Kim Martin Nielsen

Partner | Read more here

Mickey Klysner Riis

Senior Consultant | Read more here

Contact us to learn more about what we can do for your organization

Are you facing an organizational change? Do you need strategic advice or a cultural development program?

Contact us and together we will tailor a process that develops the exact competencies and structures that strengthen and future-proof your organization.

Claus Elmholdt

Professional Director, Founder
Cand.Psych.Aut. & Ph.d.
Associate Professor in Management and Organizational Psychology, Aalborg University

Mobile: +45 26 14 51 57