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
As simple as it can be, do you set time to actually self reflect on what you have done? What’s driving your behaviour? Are you leading your team towards your business goals? Do you mentor, guide and spend time with your team?
To self reflect is to be self aware. One quality of being a great leader is self awareness. And the best thing that a leader can do to improve effectiveness and productivity is to be more aware of the motivational force and decision making skills. Without self awareness, you are unable to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Instead of moving forward, perhaps take some time and glance backward to reflect on what you have done right or wrong.
With the framework for self awareness and understanding of which trait drives your decision and your attitude is what is most important for increasing the probability for success. Self reflection can help strengthen leadership. Start to know your priorities and understand where you fall short. You can better understand what is important and focus on what you could or might do differently.
Be aware of others is crucial to building a team. By being observant of other’s strength and weaknesses, you understand the needs and requirement that create a great team. Effective teams are made up of people who both understand and complement each other. And the best teams are seldom made up of individuals who are of similar types. By having the right mix of members within the team, you will see your team progressing towards a common goal.
Start taking the first step, stop giving excuses and take control. Setting time aside to reflect can help you to plan, prioritize, prepare and build a stronger team.