One the things that I like to do is to continuously reflect – to reflect on my thoughts, to reflect on my actions, and to reflect on my progress towards being the leader of a great team.
At the end of last year I spent some time reviewing & reflecting on my journey as a leader during the previous 2 years whilst also looking forward to this year. I set myself some priorities for this year along with my leadership intention for 2017 (which I publicly set out as “In 2017, I will inspire the soul of each individual in my team”).
But when doing this, what I didn’t know was that I would end up having several weeks off work after breaking my ankle and leg at the end of January (in case you’re wondering, I slipped on the ice!).
So this has given me 3 weeks off work so far, with at least 3 weeks more, whilst I waited for my operation and then had the post-operation recovery. And I’ve learnt a lot about myself during this time, one thing being that I’ve learnt that I can’t sit still and do nothing. So, I’ve been using this time to properly reflect on me as an employee, on me as a leader, and on the team as a whole.
Being away from the office has given me the space to honestly reflect – and it has also given me the chance to see how the team manages without my there. And after only 3 weeks I’ve learnt a lot, but there is more that I want to learn. So, I’m thinking about how do I capture the thoughts of my team in an honest way. I want to use this to improve me and to improve my team.
Do you have any suggestions about how I can do this? What questions I can ask them? I’d love to hear from you.
Once I’ve out my thoughts down on paper – or in a digital place – I’ll share them.