What Are Self-Management Skills? How To Be the CEO of Your Career?

What Are Self-Management Skills? How To Be the CEO of Your Career? | Upskilling | Emeritus

Like Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), readers are encouraged to take charge of their professional careers. Peter Ferdinand Drucker an Austrian-American management consultant, educator, and author says that the key to being the CEO of your career is introspection: people must first learn to identify their strengths and shortcomings before using them to their advantage. He argues that people should all find their way in the world by learning to control themselves better i.e self-management skills. Drucker suggests asking and answering the following five questions to get started:

  • How may I best capitalize on my strengths?
  • How am I doing?
  • What do I believe in?
  • Which group do I most closely identify with, and where do I fit in?
  • How can I best contribute?

What Do You Mean by Self-management Skills?

Self-management skills are those skills that enable people to successfully manage and regulate their emotions, thoughts, and behavior in various contexts. Strong self-management skills enable people to plot their road to success and independently exert maximum effort to define goals and make every effort to meet them. Such people know the value of keeping their emotions and actions under check.

For instance, employers value applicants who can effectively regulate their thoughts and emotions. Those who struggle in this area are likely to lose their temper with customers and coworkers. In the workplace, those with the ability to regulate their behavior will be more productive than those without.

Gain Insight Into Your Skills via a Critical Evaluation of a Professional History

 Perform a career self-assessment to learn more about your skills and abilities:

  1. Focus on what as an individual you are good at. Only challenge yourself in ways that play to your strengths. Join forces with a partner who enjoys seeing projects through to fruition if you have a knack for getting things started but a tendency to abandon them.
  2. Boost those positives; invest time and energy into developing self-strengths and learning about them as much as possible. If you have a knack for making connections with people, hone your skills and become the finest networker in the world. Find a master networker as a mentor and read up on networking, marketing, sales, and psychometrics. Make a pact to see self strengths as a sculpture that you must constantly hone.
  3. Make no broad excuses for a lack of knowledge. People must overcome their crippling lack of expertise, so stop bragging about it. Although it’s essential to focus on self-areas of expertise, a well-rounded skill set is necessary. Mastering even the most fundamental mathematics is crucial to success in almost any endeavor.
  4. Eliminate harmful routines; sometimes, what you see as a flaw is a poor habit. Harmful practices may be changed. Then your seeming weaknesses will become your most significant assets all along. However, you may tend to watch too much television. If you get rid of the television, you’ll be surprised at how much you can do.
  5. Ignore regions of actual weakness; you should be easy on yourself regarding areas of fundamental weakness. Improving your expertise in those areas where you already excel is the best use of your time. The best course of action is to strengthen your positive qualities to the point where others overlook your limitations and quirks.

Also Read: Skills Gap: How to Keep Upskilling Yourself

Part Two of Your Life: Want to Switch a Job or Start a Second Career?

It is common for people to switch occupations or launch a second enterprise in today’s society. There was no use in making preparations for a second life back when everyone worked physical labor since there was no value in doing so. There are three different routes one might take to start a second career:

  1. Begin one now. Instead, quit your work and devote all your attention to building your new career.
  2. The second strategy for getting your life for the second half is to start a second profession in a related field. People who succeed in their initial professional endeavors often continue in the same line of work, either permanently or on a more flexible basis. However, they also take up a second job that requires an additional 10 hours a week, often at a charity.
  3. Last but not least, there are social entrepreneurs. In most cases, they have already achieved considerable professional success in their original endeavors. Although they like their jobs, they no longer find them mentally or emotionally stimulating. 

You should consider getting a second job for a number of reasons, the most essential of which is so that you can protect yourself from disappointment and make the most of the opportunities that come your way.

Also Read: Here are the 10 Best Jobs to Move Into in 2023


Being the Chief Executive of one’s life is what it means to manage oneself. Gain an understanding of your core beliefs, strengths, and performance. After that, seek chances to use those assets to your advantage. Making the most of the chances at your disposal is necessary for the development of lucrative professions. It is not feasible to craft a prosperous job path for oneself.

Upskill yourself by taking online courses. Take a look at the diverse range of courses that Emeritus offers in collaboration with India’s renowned institutes like IIM, and IIT. Enroll now and give a boost to your career. 

About the Author

Content Writer, Emeritus Blog
Yashvi is a dynamic content creator with 5+ years of experience crafting content for global brands, specializing in tech, finance, and healthcare sectors for both B2B and B2C audiences. Her diverse knowledge base empowers her to create meticulously researched, value-packed content for the EdTech sector, catering to various audiences. In her downtime, she explores the realms of mental well-being, reflecting her holistic approach to personal and professional growth and deepening her empathy for her audience's pain points and needs.
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