Self-Reflection is an essential element of Leadership. The nursing literature focuses on reflection in clinical/practice settings but has little emphasis on leadership settings.
Often an individual who makes contributions is thrust into or assumes the role of leader as the expected path in an organization, business or educational setting. The individual may have with little experience in leadership practices. In today’s busy work and home environment it can be difficult to find time for assessing one’s desire to fully commit to the time and effort to be a truly engaged leader.
Need for Self-reflection
Regardless of how one comes to a leadership role, it is helpful to recognize a need for self-reflection. Becoming self-aware in one’s leadership practices can be facilitated by practicing self- reflection.
Self- Reflection and Self- Awareness require being present in the moment. Self- Reflection can occur in short time increments daily. For example, one can reflect for 5 minutes before the morning ritual of reading /answering emails, or during exercise. Self -Reflection can be free flowing or scaffolded with structured questions such as:
- Why do I want to serve or continue to serve in a leadership position?
- Which of my values are met in my role as a leader?
- Does being a leader in my work or other environment make me happy?
- If so, what are my strengths and opportunities for improvement as a leader?
Journaling is often recommended during or after reflective sessions to allow review of observations and analyze thinking at that point in time on the leadership path.
A simple start to beginning or continuing self- reflection is to ask yourself what is your purpose as a leader? Please feel free to share your purpose as it may be helpful to other readers.