I am noticing as a leader at times I am drawn to others, seeking conversation, companionship, social interaction and intellectual stimulation. At other times I draw inward. Clearly needing time to digest all I’ve taken in and analyze my learning and growth. It’s a time for self-reflection.
One of the keys to strong leadership is personal growth. Leaders who constantly strive to achieve their highest abilities and personal best must take time to reflect on where they’ve come, what they’ve learned, the impact of how they’ve been leaders, the decisions they’ve made, the conversations they’ve had and the choices they’ve made. It’s about how they are being as a leader.
At this time, ask yourself some questions:
You may find yourself looking for guidance and direction from someone else when you do this. While it may seem logical to go to your direct supervisor, consider a variety of places mentors and teachers show up especially in some non-traditional ways you hadn’t thought of. One of my most impactful mentors was someone who didn’t work for our company but rather the one who our agency contracted with. I learned a ton from him about the importance of conversation and connection. I learned how to negotiate and find alignment towards common goals. And I learned how to enjoy my job.
Remember to take time for personal growth, which include inward reflection. Take the time to do this self-reflection and find someone to support you in that. It may be a mentor, supervisor, coach or elder. Your team will appreciate it and you will feel more connected to your passion and purpose in your job.
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