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 to the future and consider an upcoming situation and ways to handle it. They consider questions such as; What outcome am I looking for? What do I hope will happen? How can I approach this situation to ensure I learn more? How can I ensure I am ready and present in the moment?
Leaders who include regular time for reflection (whether its daily, weekly or monthly) grow in self-awareness and understanding of their authentic leadership style too.
"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." - Confucius
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