Are you your own boss? No, we aren’t talking about entrepreneurship. We’re talking about making your own decisions and organizing your own work rather than being told what to do by others.

When you’re self-directed, you readily take the initiative, are aware of your strong and weak points, and go above and beyond your call of duty to deliver on promises. That’s not all. Self-directedness also improves self-confidence, motivation and turns you into a lifelong learner.  What’s not to like?

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

Self-Directedness suggests independence rather than dependence; the ability to make choices independent of others and manage our actions and lives without external forces influencing or dictating what we should do. The term, Self-Directedness, suggests a high degree of autonomy and self-sufficiency in our thinking and behavior.

Self-Directedness brings a certain amount of confidence in a person. When you know that you are self-directed and can make your own decisions, you automatically become confident in your abilities and start performing better and achieving your goals. Self-directed skills also help a person grow in their career. If your manager is aware of your self-directed skills, they will rely on you and avoid micromanagement.

People with self-directed skills are fiercely independent. However, this does not mean that they don’t socialize or aren’t helpful. If their goal requires collaborating with others, they will do that. Self-directed skills also make a person reliable and trustworthy, since it’s a given that regardless of the level of difficulty of a task, they will complete it. 

Self-Directedness comes from a desire to learn. A self-directed person is one who is able to work independently for which they will go beyond the call of duty. For instance, a self-directed learner may pursue learning materials outside of a particular course, such as the library or online tutorials, study groups, or writing center resources, because he has determined that he needs more than what is available in the course to achieve his own learning goals and objectives.

The Harappa program that focuses on Self-Directedness as a Thrive Skill is the Women’s Leadership Program.

Other Thrive Skills under LEAD are Taking Ownership, Purposeful Living, Prudent Risk-Taking, Productive Delegation, Outcome Orientation, Managerial Courage, Leading High Performance and Growing Others.

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