Take a moment - and think of the best leader you've ever Picture them specifically.
WHAT QUALITIES MADE THEM A GOOD LEADER?
One of the best leaders I've had the privilege of working with was supportive, compassionate and modelled a balanced lifestyle of work and life. She modelled effective stress management and knew when she needed to rest and re-energize.
She was incredibly SELF-AWARE.
In fact, studies show that self-awareness is one of the key qualities of the best leaders out there.
Being self-aware is means that we have the ability to be INTROSPECTIVE - aware of our own mental and emotional processes.
If we're honest - most of us are only inwardly focused when we're in a state of ALARM! ie. we're starving, or exhausted.
HOW DOES YOUR STATE AFFECT YOUR TEAM?
ONLY 7% OF EMPLOYEES SAY THAT THEIR STRESSED OUT LEADERS EFFECTIVELY LEAD THEIR TEAMS ONLY
11% OF EMPLOYEES WITH STRESSED OUT LEADERS ARE HIGHLY ENGAGED AT WORK
How can you practice SELF-AWARENESS?
TAKE A MOMENT TO BECOME AWARE OF YOUR MIND.
What thoughts do you notice in your mind right now?
Maybe you're thinking - "I don't have time to read this, I have way more important things I should be doing!" Maybe you're thinking about a big meeting you have coming up or how you're going to meet that deadline.
If you could describe the quality of your mind like a weather report - what would the weather be?
Stormy? Calm? Sunny with clouds? A Hurricane?
Just taking time to notice your mind, to turn your attention inward, helps develop your self-awareness and will make you a BETTER LEADER (with or without a title).
Life is not just one big long to do list.
I believe a 'successful' one is filled with WELLBEING, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.
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