There are days when we simply need to stop and celebrate how far we have come, what challenges we are facing and what small step we might take today to live into our leadership. The invitation is for the group to work through a series of questions such as these below and to explore each in turn:
Q: What am I noticing about my leadership?
Q: What is my top challenge right now?
Q: What can I do today to be a more effective leader?
Tom’s Reflections on These Questions
Personally, I build in reflection cycles into everything I do. In simple terms it looks like this:
Take Stock….. ….then….. ….Take Action… and rinse and repeat.
This serves at least two practical purposes:
- Increased motivation to keep going: It can sometimes feel like we’re not making the progress we had hoped. When we stop and reflect on the journey to date, we typically realise that it is a little more nuanced than the headline may suggest. There are bound to be a whole series of good news stories should we wish to focus on them. These can serve as further motivation to recommit to the journey.
- Opportunity to focus on the next step: The next step is always the most important because it is the one you are about to take. All past and future steps are not important today. Once we stand fully in today, we may see fresh opportunities to address present challenges or to see opportunities to be a more effective leader right now.
The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.
It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.
In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.