It’s always an interesting process thinking of reflecting and essentially stepping into reflections. Stepping into reflections brings the leader close to realities. As part of the A-O-R model discussed in the previous episode, the precept requires that the leader is present and more importantly realistic when solving team issues. It thus involves the leader’s responsibility to make meaning to his or her experiences to make good decisions out of many possible options, find solutions to the most difficult leadership situations and subsequently keep the team motivated at all times. Although Maxwell (2004) advises leaders to be close to the team so to control team situations, sometimes leaders also need seclusion, if you like, a bit of quiet to breakdown team tasks, team relevance, team progression and more importantly to bend backwards to draw the future closer. Good and reflective leaders start each day by going on a journey in their minds.
“…… Get a plan-jam. It’s about journaling!”
They see by anticipating the hurdles and the bumps on the journey by visualizing the conclusion from the creation. In his leadership development book, Ahenkorah (2018), advises leaders not to be too quick to start each day. Good leaders reflect on each day before start of business and close of business. Block an hour in the morning before work starts and an hour in the evening after work to reflect. The one-hour rule works like magic.One beautiful advantage that reflective leaders have over unreflective leaders is the fact that reflective leaders remain prepared and always resolute in confronting workplace challenges. Reflective leaders are emotionally balanced and their general understanding of life facilitates team growth. Leaders adopt reflections as key conduit to leadership success. Leaders who reflect, learn the art of mastering how to expand their horizons. Learning to do things with urgency and being patient with deliverables concurrently, is a skill.
Reflective leaders are deep and always find ways to prioritize deliverables. Doing things now, rather than later, reduces stress and anxiety. Reflective leaders know this. Every new day has its challenges and opportunities. Reflecting on each day before and after business predicts each day’s journey. The biggest question is, how do you reflect? Get a plan-jam. It’s about journaling. Good leaders use journals to reflect. Journals shape leadership plans and leader itinerary. Journals define leader actions. Leaders who use journals as part of their reflections are quick to bring out the hits and misses of each day’s event so to pay attention to the areas necessitating improvement. Journaling is an art. It is one of the key platforms used by leaders to pour out their feelings, share their sentiments, discover themselves, cry sometimes like babies, as they prepare to confront their fears. A true leader’s journal is deep. It contains affirmations borne out of reflections. Sometimes it’s referred to as sacred, because it is meant to relax the mind, show the way, console the leader and prepare a leader’s thought process. Next week, we’ll look at the reflective leader in the 21st century workplace.
This is Leadership!