2 simple ways leaders use reflection

Reflection is a vital part of learning from experience. Great leaders consider situations from different perspectives and dedicate regular thinking time to deliberate their actions, thoughts, intentions, purpose and behaviour. 

Here are 2 simple ways leaders use reflection:

1.     Retrospective reflection - Leaders consider an issue in the (recent) past and focus on lessons learnt and/or improvements for next time. They consider questions such as; What would I do differently next time? Who could I talk to about this? What resources can I call on to support me? 

2. Prospective reflection - Leaders look

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Here's one way to get what you need out of every meeting you attend. . .

Ever walked out of a meeting thinking ‘what the’?

Could you sometimes be the one that creates that response in yourself or others?  

What can you do to make meetings you attend more effective for you? Here’s my #1 tip, and it's guaranteed to improve the quality of any meeting you attend every single time - be clear on your purpose before you walk into the meeting.  I've learnt (the hard way) that whenever I am not clear on my own purpose for a meeting

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8 ways to explore your leadership DNA

No one else has the same way of dealing with things, getting them done or managing others. Your strengths are unique to you. Your beliefs and experiences are unique to you. Your leadership DNA is unique to you. Leaders that understand their leadership DNA are confident stepping into their authentic leadership style. They leverage their uniqueness by: 

·         Developing their awareness, 

·         Being clear in their purpose, and, 

·         Exercising resourcefulness.

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7 reasons to turn UP your curiosity

Where do you start when you want to learn more about your leadership style? Wondering how you can become more aware of what works for you?

The first place I see many leaders start is in understanding their strengths and limitations. It’s a natural perspective to take and a great place to start. Leaders working on, or high in self-awareness, make time to reflect. They want to know what their strengths are and use them to their advantage. They also want to appreciate where they need to grow so that they can prioritise their learning and development in these areas.

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Live by the motto "lead yourself"

A lot has been written about leading with purpose. For example, I often refer to, SIMON SINEK'S books and theories as they illustrate that when leaders share the meaning and the ‘why’ behind a decision or course of action, others are more inspired and motivated to follow.

In my work with leaders I can see that leaders know its good practise to spend time defining their purpose, personally and professionally. But more than just defining their purpose, I also see that leaders who are clear in their purpose are disciplined about how they work daily

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Feedback; take as good as you give.

Leaders use feedback to help people stay on track, to understand another's view and to motivate and energise. They focus on how to give effective feedback to improve performance.

I often see leaders invest time in developing and honing their skills in how they GIVE feedback. Using well-known models like the Center for Creative Leadership's SBI Model they work on how to give constructive and impactful feedback.

They avoid common mistakes….

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Effective leaders know how to harness the power of perspective

We use perspective daily. It is an outlook, point of view or mindset that we use as a lens to help us understand, manage and deal with situations, interactions and experiences. Our perspective evolves as we do. In life and at work new experiences shift and change our perspective and similar or predictable experiences reinforce our position or view. Our perspective is deeply based on our current reality and so I always refer to it as our 'present perspective'.

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Five ways experienced leaders keep their resilience muscles toned

We hear a lot about resilience and how important it is in life and for success. In our work lives resilience is the ability to bounce back and move forward from a setback or challenge.

Successful leaders demonstrate resilience by having confidence in their strengths and abilities, by making realistic plans and carrying them out, by being an effective problem solver and by being able to manage their reactions and emotions.

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