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What is Personal Leadership?

Personal leadership describes an individual’s commitment to ongoing personal and professional development. It encompasses the individual’s unique approach to leadership, their values, integrity, and commitment to ethical practice.

Personal Leadership aligns with three of BC Corrections’ identified leadership competencies:

Personal Learning
Integrity, and

Personal Leadership reflects a strong and active interest in learning, an awareness of personal strengths and areas for improvement, participation in development opportunities and an openness to feedback. It reflects an adherence to a set of values and principles that the leader espouses and stays true to. It reflects leadership practices that are open, transparent, authentic and credible. It reflects adaptable leadership that responds easily to new environments and different conditions and an ability to remain flexible during times of change.

Why is Personal Leadership important?

Personal Leadership is the foundation of effective, well-rounded leadership skills. With focus on Personal Leadership, we come to better understand ourselves, our value systems, our areas of strength and weakness, and the impact we have on others. By developing strong competencies in Personal Leadership, we gain the capacity to confidently lead others with authenticity and integrity.

What topics are within the scope of Personal Leadership?

Each topic below includes information on courses and/or workshops that are recommended on the path of relational leadership as well as additional resources that can be explored.


Change is constant and inevitable and successful leaders must have the skills to adapt when change arises.


Authentic leaders are genuine individuals who show their true selves to the people they lead.

Building Trust

Trust is defined as a “firm reliance in the honesty, dependability, strength or character of someone.”


Confidence refers to an individual’s level of self-assurance and self-esteem.


Credibility is the quality of being believed or accepted as true, real, or honest. Credible leaders are trusted both in the specifics of what they say and generally as people.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence describes the ability to recognize, understand, and manage our emotions and the emotions of others.


Integrity measures how well the leader adheres to the set of values and principles that they espouse; that is, how well they can be trusted to “walk the talk.”

Managing Change

Change management is a structured approach to ensuring that changes are thoroughly and smoothly implemented, and that the lasting benefits of change are achieved.


Resilience is defined as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or significant sources of stress.”

Self Awareness

Self awareness has been identified as one of the most critical attributes for successful leaders.

Time Management

Time management teaches leaders to shift their focus away from tasks and towards results to ensure that they are working smarter rather than harder.

Writing Skills

Writing skills allow leaders to clearly and concisely convey their thoughts on paper.

Sample Recommended Courses
Managing in the BC Public Service
Accountability, Business Skills / Competence, Integrity, Organizational Knowledge, Organizational Leadership, Personal Leadership, Scheduled Courses, Strategic Awareness
This Public Service Agency course focuses on the broad range of knowledge and skills that all excluded managers are expected to have to work effectively in government (From: Public Service Agency; Mode: In-person, scheduled course; Next offered: TBA).
Influential Leadership
Building Trust, Collaboration, Confidence, Credibility, Empowerment, Independent Learning, Integrity, Personal Leadership, Personal Learning, Relational Leadership
This course explores the key characteristics of effective leaders who naturally influence and, as a result, build trust with others. (From: JIBC; Mode: Independent learning, online module; Next offered: ongoing)
Beyond Bias: How We Naturally Form Perceptions
Adaptability, Authenticity, Independent Learning, Integrity, Personal Leadership, Self Awareness
Unconscious bias is a phenomenon that all humans engage as a mechanism to help explain and understand our surroundings. Unfortunately, it can inhibit our interactions and make us draw conclusions that are incorrect (From: JIBC; Mode: Independent learning, online module; Next offered: ongoing).
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