Reflection is a key leadership tool. Without it, we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.
Reflection, however, requires a price. It demands that we take time to do some solid thinking.
It entails that we get away from our normal routine so we can ponder our life’s circumstances and the issues we are facing.
It means we must set our pride aside and look at ourselves as we are, not as we wish we were.
This involves reviewing our actions and brutally evaluating them.
It also entails the willingness to make whatever adjustments necessary to experience greater success in the future.
It is especially important to reflect when you approach an ending.
Whether it is the end of the year, the end of a project, or a job, it is always wise to take some time to review your experience.
Here are some reflection questions to consider:
• What did you learn?
• What would you do differently? Why?
• What would you do more of? Less of?
• What did you learn about yourself?
• In what areas do you need to mature?
• What skills do you need to work on or acquire?
• What books could you read that would help you?
• Is there someone you should initiate a lunch meeting with so you can learn from them?
Reflection is not merely taking time to be idle.
It is aggressively seizing everything of value you can from your recent experience so you are a better person, and leader, in the future.
Take time soon, to reflect.