In the fairy tale Snow White, the queen asks, “Mirror, mirror on the all, who’s the fairest of us all?” She is filled with disdain and jealousy, to discover that Snow White and not she is the fairest in the land.
As leaders, we have all complained at one time or another about the unsatisfactory performance of our board, our peers and subordinates. In our fervour to have the situation rectified at the soonest, we have called in Consultants to rectify the situation in the soonest time frame possible.
What if instead of rushing to call in the experts, we were to take a Time Out, to reflect on the role of a leader? What would that mirror reveal? What if we were to do some introspection on our effectiveness as a leader, what would this introspection and reflection reveal? How would we rank on the key elements of leadership, ability to influence self, others and organisation?
Would we be willing to address the deficiencies identified in the mirror or would our first course of action still be to “fix THEM first”?
The reality is that as leaders, we must first take full responsibility for the actions of those around. Our first port of call should be the mirror, Time Out for the introspection that helps us to identify what we can do differently to get the results that we desire.
Time Out …. the intentional cessation of an incomplete task allows us to identify learnings that emanate from our day to day experiences and determine how we can best apply them to current and future situations.
Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Business Intuitive/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International – using Untapped Knowledge to facilitate internal transformation in individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email email@example.com or call 684 9827