I believe everyone is a leader. Leadership, to me, isn’t about positional leadership alone. I believe everyone (every full capacity adult) has the potential and power within themselves to make decisions about their life. Yes, there are positional leaders who also have responsibility and decision-making powers over teams and organizations as well, but aside from that, we are all leaders.
Great leaders take time to reflect. Reflection is a positive leadership practice that helps create space for leaders to reflect on their actions, develop key learnings, prioritise new actions, and develop new behaviours. This can be difficult as it takes vulnerability to stand in your truth to assess yourself and your actions.
The positive side affect of vulnerability is power. Power comes from developing self-awareness. When we open our mind to being vulnerable, we create self-awareness and have the power to make decisions to lead the life we want to live. To help explain the power of vulnerability I offer my favourite Ted Talk by Brene Brown. Brene has researched guilt, shame and vulnerability extensively and explains it so well in her talk - The Power of Vulnerability (20 mins).
Great leaders aren’t afraid to embrace both the ups and downs in life. We all go through our ups and downs in our life. What a powerful experience it is to embrace your vulnerability, reflect on situations, generate learning, share learning, and make commitments to yourself to strive to be the best leader of your life you can be.
Open your heart and be vulnerable. As 2016 comes to an end, I invite you to take some special time for yourself to review it through reflection on these key questions, and decide how you want to lead in 2017.
- What are you most proud of achieving in 2016?
- What was your biggest challenge in 2016?
- What did you learn from your greatest achievement and biggest challenge?
- What surprised you in 2016?
- What fears did you conquer in 2016?
- What skills and personal attributes did you embrace in 2016?
- What was fun in 2016?
- What was not fun in 2016?
- How have you changed over the past year?
- What do you need to let go of and not take it into 2017?
- If you could improve one thing in 2017, what would that be?
- What learning do you want to take from 2016 into 2017?
- What do you want to do less of in 2017? How will you make this happen?
- What do you want to do more of in 2017? How will you make this happen?
Embrace your leadership, you are worth it!
Thanks for reading and all the best for 2017, Jo-Anne