Recently we gathered all of our team leaders here in Italy for a development time. Our overall topic was “Leading Self”. I believe this is a huge area that often goes ignored by most leaders. We used some categories that we borrowed from Reggie McNeal’s book Practicing Greatness. McNeal talks about three critical areas for leading self: self awareness, self management and self development. On the last day of our gathering I offered up an application exercise to help our leaders make tangible progress on these three areas-and thus move towards becoming more effective leaders. Here are the thought questions for each category for your consideration.
What specific steps will you take to become more self-aware? How will you gain this information? Specifically, whom will you go to that will be honest in providing you with good feedback?
From your current understanding of yourself, what would be three potential areas that you might consider and seek to validate?
Based on what you know today, which specific area of self-management do you need to give the most attention to? (your feelings, your expectations, your physical and mental health, your money, your emotional intelligence, your temptations)
What specific steps will you take to make progress? (Write them down with specific goals attached to each step)
Based on what you know today, what are some of your key strengths? How will you validate those thoughts?
Choose one of your strengths. How will you specifically develop this strength over the next 12 months?
How can you better lead out of your strengths in your current setting?
We have to pay attention to ourselves to be better leaders. This exercise is only meant to get you started-but don’t wait, begin!