Before I can be a good leader for others, I have to lead myself. Put the self-help books aside. You already have it in you to do this. You know what you need to be your best self. During a time when our routines are all out-of-sorts and everything feels out of control, it is even more important to lead ourselves well.
I want to share two tools with you this week. One is personal and one is professional. For most of us, as we work from home, the lines are becoming more blurry – forced integration of work and life.
First, I have a prayer chair. My family knows that when I am feeling anxious or out of control, I need some time to curl up in my prayer chair. In this space, I find the peace that, for me, comes from connection with God, my coffee and a centering mindset for my day.
In days I’m most stuck, I default to a quick journaling activity, answering the statements, “I feel__________, I need____________, I want_______________”
What’s is your place or activity that helps you get perspective?
Second, when I need to check myself on my leadership practices, I start by asking myself questions:
- How do I want to feel?
- How do I want to be known?
Then, of course, the easy next questions are:
- What do I need to do to feel this way?
- What do I need to do to be known this way?
Answer these questions for yourself. Does it change your behaviors?
Last week we shared our weekly action plan guide…be sure to download another copy and do it again this week!