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What’s the Quickest Way to Grow as a Leader?

Reflection and Intention

Here’s the thing. A lot of consulting programs and textbooks will tell you that you need seminars, you need coaching, you need X, Y, and Z in order to better yourself as a leader.

I’m not saying those things won’t help. I am saying that there is a whole lot of good work you can do with some simple refection and intention.

While we know communication is key to leadership, reflection and intention are pivotal to your personal development as a leader.

How do you know how you’re doing as a leader? Well, we may have to do some a-s-k-i-n-g.

I hear ya, that is not always easy or fun to do.

I recommend starting with some trusted friends and family members. Ask them to give you some insight on your leadership strengths.

  • Where do you shine?

  • What do they go specifically to you for?

  • Is it your listening ability, your patience, your calm demeanor?

So, after you’re done brushing your shoulder off you need to ask them about areas for improvement.

Why? Well, if we’re ignoring these things they aren’t going to disappear, rather they are likely to impact our ability to lead in the workplace (and at home and in our community).

This week I want you to take some time to think about what your verbal and non-verbal behaviors communicate about your leadership abilities?

  • Are you generous with your time?

  • When you talk with others do you give them your full attention?

  • Practice active listening with them?

  • Do you listen before attempting to interject to share your own ideas? Or do you feel like a chicken with your head cut-off at work?

Hey, we’ve all been there. Not an easy feeling.

My friends, take a few moments — write this down, open your Notes app and type a few thoughts, or just set aside 2–3 minutes to think about this.

Why? You’re more likely to get where you want to be when you’re communicating in ways that align with your values and your identity.

Until next time, communicate with purpose and

lead with intention.


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