productivity demands self-reflection
Instead of constantly pushing forward, great leadership demands periods of restraint and consideration. Leaders must regularly turn off the noise and ask themselves what they stand for and what kind of an example they want to set. Self-reflection allows us to understand what is important, and focus on what might be done differently. Where to start? How about here - with eight daily self-examination questions*:
- What did I say I was going to do today (not just in work)?
- What did I actually do today?
- What am I proud of?
- What am I not proud of?
- How did I lead people?
- How did I follow people?
- If I do today over again, what would I have done differently?
- Based on what I learned today, what will I do (differently or more of) tomorrow?
Don't be surprised if there is a pretty big difference between what you say is important and what you’re actually doing. You may not want to confront that but doing so will take you to new levels of leadership and success.
*adapted from harrykraemer.org
Author: Steph Jeuken