We’re half way through the year! It’s time to take stock, adjust course as required. Here is a simple framework for leadership reflection.

It is based on my meta model of Great Leadership Principles:

Great leadership principles meta model

Reflection is an essential leadership practice

BE: Quality of Energy

To take stock, I always start with Energy. If this is sluggish, the entire system is weak. Here are the reflection questions around energy:

Energy: Overall, how was my energy day to day? How would I describe it? How would I rate it on a scale of 1-10?

Habits: What habits did I track? How successful was I in sticking to my commitments to these? What got in the way? What worked? What needs to change? What change to my environment can I make to encourage consistent better choices? (e.g. to focus on drinking more water I have my water bottle on my desk, top off, ready for drinking)

Commitments: Have my choices added energy to my experience or detracted from it? What are energy boosters? What are energy drainers? What do I need to add? What do I need to scale back or ditch?

Leadership effectiveness needs solid thinking

THINK: Depth of thinking

I love to work with leaders on depth of thinking. Helping leaders see in layers and systems is crucial for being able to make wise and compassionate decisions.

Learning: What new insights have I gained for my leadership practice? What experiments did I run? What were the results? How have I applied those insights?

Reading: What books have I read that helped me to develop new insights and strategies? Who did I share these with? How have I applied what I learned?

Self knowledge: What have I learned about myself? Who did I ask for feedback? What insights were useful for me? What aspect of myself do I wish to develop more of? Which aspects do I want to let go of? Where can I be more kind to myself?

What we actually do determines our leadership effectiveness

DO: Effectiveness of Action

This is where the rubber hits the road. Did we actually get the results we intended?

Results: What were my measures of success? How am I tracking against these? Were my expectations reasonable? What do I need to adjust?

Inputs: Where am I focusing my attention each day? What distractions are getting in my way of performing better? Is there anything I should be delegating? What do I need to STOP doing? START doing? KEEP doing?

Outcomes: What am I proud of? How am I better now than six months ago? A year ago? Who have I helped? How? What am I grateful for? What’s fabulous about where I am, right now?

If you have any other reflection questions that you love, please share them!


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  • Zoë Routh

    Australia's Leadership Expert, Author of Book of the Year "People Stuff" l Speaker l Mentor l Strategist

    Zoë Routh is one of Australia’s leading experts on people stuff - the stuff that gets in our way of producing results, and the stuff that lights us up. She works with the growers, makers, builders to make people stuff fun and practical.

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