Reflection is important for anyone. It allows us to develop a deeper self-awareness, overcome obstacles, and stay on the right path for fulfilling our purpose. But reflection takes time, and leaders often do not have the time or energy to reflect on their day or week. And who can remember what happened a whole month ago?
What leaders need is an efficient and effective way to reflect. Leaders need to get to the heart of the matter – what is most important to their leadership practice – and daily reflect on those things.
For me that is creating meaning, building relationships, and professional competence. So I have started a daily reflection practice focused on those three areas. Each day I ask myself these questions as a form of reflection
- What did I do today to move the library toward its vision?
- What did I do today to strengthen relationships?
- What did I do today that made me a better leader and librarian?
I do not spend hours on these questions. I list the main things I did that day in those three areas. Each activity I list does not need to be a major undertaking, but I should list something each day. If I go a few days without listing any answers to a question, then I know I need to readjust my daily leadership practice.
Try this and see if it works for you. Your questions do not need to be the same as mine. They should ask about those two or three main areas of your leadership practice. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day answering these questions. It is a simple routine with little investment that can have a great deal of return.