Personal Leadership: The Self-Reflection Requirement

The January Authentic Leadership Dallas lunch meeting will be focused on personal leadership and the art of self-reflection. We will meet on January 21, 11:45 am to 1:00 pm, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel. Please RSVP on our Meetup page; you can find directions and other details there.

As a new year begins, our conversation will focus on self-reflection and the role it plays in our leadership development. Self-reflection carries a personal responsibility in how we practice and what we do with our insights learned. More than this, there may be an organizational responsibility to enable team members the “think time” necessary to become a better leader. Today, we want to be viewed as being busy, and some organizations reward busyness. But, does the organization also need to reward self-reflection? We will explore these topics in our conversations.

To help prepare, highlighted are two articles on self-reflection to read through.

How Leaders Become Self-Aware. (HBR article) Key quote: “This is the trinity of self-awareness: know thyself, improve thyself, and complement thyself. These are common sense principles but are not necessarily commonly followed. Why? Because people don’t always commit to stand in the face of truth. Intellectual honesty, rigorous commitment, and active truth-seeking are sine qua non to any self-awareness process.”

Leadership Character: The Role of Reflection (Washington Post article). Key quote: “The concept of “reflection” may sound self involved, but it’s actually just the opposite. By not reflecting, we engage in a narcissistic rationalization that makes us feel better about the events in our lives yet keeps us from learning from them.”

The Power of Reflection in Leadership by Tanveer Naseer. Key quote: “Part of the responsibility that comes with leadership is being able to make the right choices and decisions to ensure the continued growth and development of your company. Making time to reflect on past decisions and mistakes, and allowing yourself the opportunity to learn from it, is a critical step to this process and your ability to effectively lead others.”

Looking forward to continued engaging leadership conversations!

Meeting Agenda

Our meeting is:

  • Forty-five second introduction: What do you want people to remember about you after the meeting? (10 minutes)
  • Question 1: Do you see value in self-reflection? How do you see self-reflection helping you be a more authentic leader? Have you changed a belief or leadership principle based on your own self-reflection? How do you practice self-reflection? What are the pitfalls with being self-reflective? How do you encourage others to be self-reflective? (20 minutes)
  • Question 2: What role do organizations play, if any, in encouraging self-reflection? Can self-reflection be taught? How does your organization support or discourage self-reflection? Should an organization as a whole be self-reflective? If so, how? (20 minutes)
  • Wrap-up: Upcoming Leadercast details.

Thank you!

Lead Ahead: Week of December 16, 2013

The season of self-reflection is here. As leaders, taking the time to understand our successes and setbacks is essential. Doing this is what makes us stronger, better leaders. To get started, the leadership posts from Lead Change and the Authentic Leadership Dallas community provides some thoughts to consider.

Four Ways to Overcome Your Blind Spots by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “How you interpret leadership challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. It’s a perfect opportunity to confront your blind spots. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. The other option is to interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your approaches and effort, stretch yourself, and expand your abilities.”

Where Did You Lead in 2013? by Alan Derek Utley for Lead Change. Key quote: “Self-reflection yields self-awareness and understanding, which yields growth. As leaders we have a responsibility to learn and grow; otherwise, we become stagnant and irrelevant. This trickles down to our teams and out to our organizations. Therefore, as openly self-reflecting leaders we encourage learning, change and development in others.”

What Makes an Authentic Leader? by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “There is a smartness to authentic leaders. Smartness does not mean all-knowing; it does mean approaching your leadership craft with an authentic intelligence, knowing the impact of how you lead.”

Lead well in the week (and year) ahead!