In workplaces around the world, we see increased demands on employees to perform and often so, with less and less resources in shorter amounts of time. This trend is perhaps one of the main reasons why we also see so many more employees at all levels who have stress or at least clear signs of stress.
The demand for more with less, also means that the leaders of the organization have less time to lead while the environment they lead in becomes more and more complex with more and more requirements and information that they have to deal with.
In this increasingly demanding climate, there is a need for more self-leadership at all levels. Even where culture may traditionally prescribe less self-leadership there is a clear trend of employees being expected to perform more on their own, and taking responsibility for their own actions in terms of safety and quality without losing the focus on performance.