Category Archives: Reflective Leadership

The Practice of Reflective Leadership

For more than thir­ty years I’ve been fas­ci­nat­ed by how as lead­ers we increase our self-knowl­­edge through reflec­tion and how in turn this helps us: • gain insight into our beliefs, val­ues and moti­va­tions • chal­lenge unhelp­ful thought pat­terns and behav­iors • increase sen­si­tiv­i­ty to the needs and emo­tions of oth­ers • stay ground­ed and resilient […]

Pause Reflect Refocus Reignite

So many man­agers and lead­ers these days are deal­ing with whole­sale sea change, not just lit­tle shifts in the lev­el of the tide. Not minor waves of change, a process here and there, but over­whelm­ing, mul­ti­fac­eted shifts. Covid. Turnover. New lead­ers. Restruc­tur­ing. Pri­or­i­ties expand­ed. All of the above, overnight. The whole orga­ni­za­tion in ongo­ing redefinition, […]

On Disbelieving Your Own Thoughts

A cen­tral chal­lenge of lead­ing is being able to see — see very clear­ly — what is hap­pen­ing. Many things can impede this need­ed aware­ness and insight — inad­e­quate data and wrong infor­ma­tion being two of the most com­mon prob­lems. A third may be our own bias­es, the unex­am­ined per­son­al beliefs that dri­ve poor judgment. […]

The Other Contagion: Mistrust

Under any cir­cum­stances how peo­ple per­ceive they are being treat­ed by their employ­ers either cre­ates greater or less­er trust. The coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic nat­u­ral­ly stirs up and may dras­ti­cal­ly height­en what­ev­er lev­el of trust is part of an exist­ing work­place envi­ron­ment — depend­ing on what the lead­ers do. A lot has been made of ensur­ing adequate […]