If you've read the Learning Leadership Blog for a while you know that I believe in thinking and reflection. Both are great activities every leader needs to make a habit.
Interning at Church Assistance Ministry (CAM) allows me to focus on who I’m becoming as a leader. Even though it is early in the process, I feel that I am becoming a more wholesome leader who is working to refine his gifts to use them to serve others. One of many things I’ve learned from my field supervisor, Steve Elliott, is that who I will become is based on my ability to think and reflect.
Thinking and reflection are key parts of any leader’s job. This is not because thinking is super hard work—which it can be at times—but because a leader’s job is to lead. And one of the ways he leads is by knowing himself, studying situations, and looking to find ways to move the organization forward.
Thinking and reflection helps me to become more aware of who I am as a leader, Christ follower, boyfriend, and a man. These practices help me know my strengths and my weaknesses, which allows me to focus in on areas that I can contribute to. Thinking and reflection have allowed me to create a set of core values that guide who I am and have helped me become a more wholesome leader.
Almost every evening I take some time to think and reflect about my day. I often ponder on these four questions before I go to bed:
- What did I learn today from what I read?
- What did I learn today from who I met with?
- What did I learn today from what I experienced?
- What did I learn today from what I listened to?
These are four questions that help me to reflect on the daily lessons I learn to form who I am as a leader.
If you are a leader, it is important to schedule time to think and reflect every day. Find a way to make that happen, and you will reap the benefits for a long time.
Question: How do you think and reflect daily?