Reflecting on past mistakes and successes teaches leaders how to adjust behaviors improving successful. Few new leaders understand the importance of reflection. As a result they do not understand which traits lead to success so they can repeat them, nor which actions impede them preventing them from avoiding similar actions in the future. Leaders achieve effective reflection by following some easy steps.
Record what happen. In another piece, I described how and why to conduct post event reviews (https://christopherstcyr.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/review-action-record-results-learn/). Another example of recording what happened is a leadership journal. Use a few minutes every day to write down something you learned, someone you helped, how someone helped you, an important task you must accomplish, or anything else you feel you may want to remember.
Document how you can use what you recorded. Think about and write down ways to modify your behaviors to improve success. How you can implement a lesson learned? Decide which behaviors you helped another person. Identify behaviors of others that were both effective and not effective.
Periodically review your reflections to adjust your course. Taking time to figure out where you are is an important step in the goal achieving cycle. Reviewing things you allows you to consider the path to achieve a goal. You may see a lesser traveled trail is more effective. You may realize a new behavior provides access to the express lane. Either way failing to apply what you learn unnecessarily lengthens time of achievement.
Recording reflections on successes and mistakes allows leaders to become more effective. Using a leadership journal is one way new leaders can improve their reflective skills. Writing down key ideas on your journey ensures they are captured for future use. These lessons and ideas help leaders adjust course seeking to accomplish goals. A few simple steps, and a little bit of time, allows improvement of success for leaders through reflection.
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Reflection by Theophilos Papadapoulos
Path by J-O Eriksson