A Leader’s Reflection Log – Week 1 July 2018

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Intro – what is this and why?

I strongly believe that to improve as a leader or at anything in this life you need to reflect on yourself. You need to be willing to dig up those failures and put them up on a wall to analyse what you did wrong, why you did it and what you could do better. This is what I plan on doing using this blog. Every week I am going to dive into my work as a leader and identify where I can improve. I will be honest in order to learn and to hopefully inspire others to learn and grow as well.

The good

This week I was able to have a constructive conflict with a coworker. I kept the emotion out and just talked facts. I introduced my expectations for the meeting and asked for theirs. We had a positive outcome. Check this post out for tips on conflict resolution.

The bad

This week I had an opportunity to use a coaching style of leadership but opted for giving advice and my own ideas quite selfishly because I wanted to wrap things up and not drag on. I think sometimes we need to understand that it is appropriate to give advice even when trying to adopt a coaching style of leadership but I think I missed an opportunity to help someone grow and learn. There is also a time constraint to consider but there are ways to make coaching a quick-fire process – e.g. the rule of 3 (tell me three things about the issue, tell me three consequences, tell me three things you can do about it).

I have stepped into a new project with new people and I do not know or understand what their goals are – who they want to be in the future, and what I can do to help them get there. This leaves me in no position to help them grow as individuals and give them the right opportunities that they need. I will rectify this by putting in a meeting in the diary to discuss this with those whom I don’t know well yet.

The ugly

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