Lead Ahead: Week of December 16, 2013

The season of self-reflection is here. As leaders, taking the time to understand our successes and setbacks is essential. Doing this is what makes us stronger, better leaders. To get started, the leadership posts from Lead Change and the Authentic Leadership Dallas community provides some thoughts to consider.

Four Ways to Overcome Your Blind Spots by Tal Shnall. Key quote: “How you interpret leadership challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. It’s a perfect opportunity to confront your blind spots. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. The other option is to interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your approaches and effort, stretch yourself, and expand your abilities.”

Where Did You Lead in 2013? by Alan Derek Utley for Lead Change. Key quote: “Self-reflection yields self-awareness and understanding, which yields growth. As leaders we have a responsibility to learn and grow; otherwise, we become stagnant and irrelevant. This trickles down to our teams and out to our organizations. Therefore, as openly self-reflecting leaders we encourage learning, change and development in others.”

What Makes an Authentic Leader? by Jon Mertz. Key quote: “There is a smartness to authentic leaders. Smartness does not mean all-knowing; it does mean approaching your leadership craft with an authentic intelligence, knowing the impact of how you lead.”

Lead well in the week (and year) ahead!