Monday, 17 June 2013

How's Your Journey Been?

Posted by My Own Coach Ltd on 21:40 with 2 comments
In the midst of our hectic schedule at home and work, we focus so much on what is going on right now and what is likely to come over the horizon, that we often forget where we have come from. 
 
Recently, I have been reflecting on my past and what experiences have shaped me to become the person I am. It's been a revealing exercise and I'd like to invite you to have a go. 
 
Whether you believe that leaders are born or made, the past is playing a significant role in the way that you lead your people, and your organisation. 
 
So it seems respectful to once again `tip your hat' to the journey that has brought you to where you are today. What lessons from the past helped you to discover how to get the best from those around you - and yourself? Who are the significant people who helped you be the leader that you are today? Which set of experiences has led you to be who you are now? 
 
Don't forget to give yourself credit for the journey itself, the hard times and the good! Give yourself a big pat on the back for just that. 

Now consider...Who were you ten years ago? How much more do you know now than you did just five years ago? How much have you grown and developed as a leader even in the last twelve months? Give yourself a metaphorical round of applause for all of the learning, and ask yourself `where next'? 
 
Having acknowledged your wonderful past and congratulating yourself for being a great guide and travelling partner, consider what action you are going to take to move forward and continue your unique leadership journey. 
 
Remember, it's never too late to have a great past and it's never too late to create a wonderful future. The greatest leaders learn from both. 

2 comments:

  1. Hi Kevin,

    What an excellent post. Reflection is such an important skill and often overlooked, not least for the reason you touch upon i.e. our busy lives and dealing with the 'now'. Yes, it is easy to focus on the immediacy of work and what is 'coming over the horizon' as you nicely put it. However, making an effort to allow yourself some time to step back is so important. We know that many professionals are aware of this and at a personal level only yesterday,I was sharing views on this with a consultant colleague.

    You sum it up very well, that we should learn from our past and actively work to shape our future (personally and professionally).

    Best wishes,
    Glenn

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  2. Thanks for your comment, Glenn. Reflection is so valuable yet so often underplayed as we get so wrapped up in the here and now.

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