Do you ever feel like you’re going through life in a superficial way?

When work brings so many tasks to fill up your to-do list, there’s little space for you to dig deep into your thoughts, feelings or dreams.

But starting a self-exploration routine and cultivating self-mastery can bring invaluable benefits to your leadership. Not only do you strengthen your self-esteem, you show up as authentic and human.

See, the fundamental rule of leadership is: if you want others to trust you, you need to trust yourself first. That’s why to starting a self-exploration routine can greatly help your leadership.

Aristotle said “knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”. Here are 10 ways to start a self-exploration routine.

 

Make a life audit

 

Managers often measure their lives on a scale of professional achievement.

Leaders start a self-exploration routine to engage in continuous life assessments.

Try the one from the book “Designing your life”. Take stock of your current situation in work, love, health and play (yes!). Draw a scale from 0 to “full” and rate.

What did you find? How do you think these results affect the way you lead others? What needs improvement?

 

Quote image: "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom" - Aristotle

 

Explore your values

 

It’s simple. What do you stand for? What makes you different from other people?

Your values are the guiding principles that drive the way you work. Better to make your values mean something so that you can stand by your convictions.

Living by their values sets great leaders apart from the crowd. And this is precisely the reason why they inspire others.

 


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Journal your thoughts

 

Journaling is the easiest way to start a self-exploration routine. It can be a safe outlet for your most intimate frustrations. It can be a way to reflect and think deeply about your life intentions. And yes, journaling does make better leaders.

Journaling is a time to process emotions and internalise what happens in your life. It’s a gate-opener to change what you’re not happy with about yourself.

Related: Expand Your Leadership Boundaries: How To Respond Instead Of React

 

Set your vision / intention

 

If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know you’re walking in the right direction?

When you start a self-exploration routine, you strengthen your sense of purpose. And it’s handy: a personal mission statement will re-energise you towards your greater mission at difficult times.

What are your drivers for your team work? What is the North Star that will guide you on your journey? It can be as simple as “Make people work together. Happily” (that’s mine btw).

 

Quote image: "A person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder" - Thomas Carlyle

 

Take a risk. Today.

 

And see what you learn from it. I’m not asking you to go skydiving (even if, according to Will Smith, you learn a massive life lesson – video here, it’s a must see!)

You can start with a step as small as delegating a simple task (sending a team member to represent you at a meeting is my favourite one). You can be vulnerable and open up about something that worries you, asking your team if they share the feeling.

Part of a self-exploration routine is to challenge yourself and do it.

Then record what you learned from it.

And do it again tomorrow or next week.

 

Quote image: "What you get by achieving your goals is not as imporant as what you become by achieving your goals" - Henry David Thoreau

 

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We will stop the first part of this post here.

That’s already a few good things to work on! It might take effort at first, but believe me, it’s worth trying.

Knowing yourself is an important part of your leadership journey.

Are you inspired by people who are human, relatable, and confident to share their perspectives on work and, sometimes, life?

I’m sure you are. These leaders come across as wise and inspire confidence for one single reason: they make self-exploration fully a part of their day-to-day.

See you in two weeks for the second part of the post!

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