Are you ready to become a leader who practices reflection?

Reflective practice in leadership helps you and your team to learn the ebb and flow of your leadership style. In my experience, the best way to accomplish a deeper understanding of leadership is through reflective practice.

Reflective Practice

Reflective practice is something I learned early on in my career. Diving into a field of work requiring my impartiality in other’s disputes and conflict situations often left me with more questions than answers.

Through the wisdom of my teachers and coaches, I discovered how asking myself the right questions led to a deeper understanding of my own leadership style.

Preparing for Reflective Practice in Leadership

In this post, you will find 6 LinkedIn articles about the types of questions to ask yourself when you are in a leadership role and desire a deeper understanding of your own personal style.  These questions are what I have used in post-secondary classes for students learning about the professional helping relationship.

You are welcome to print them off and create your own reflective journal to use for the growing edges of your own learning about leadership. My intention is to share what has worked for me in my own professional development so you become clearer on the right questions to ask yourself.

Check out the 6 posts here for fresh content you can only find on LinkedIn:

Date Title Description Link
Published on January 23, 2018 Reflective Practice for Conflict Management Leadership Reflective Practice in Leadership Roles

In this post, we will explore the leadership responsibilities for reflective practice.
Published on January 24, 2018 Listening to Yourself as a Solution Finder in Conflict Management In this post, we will continue to build from ‘Reflective Practice for Conflict Management in Leadership’.

You will “listen to” some problem situation or unused opportunity you have dealt with successfully. In your reflection, retell the story to yourself in summary form and use the following questions to help focus your reflection.
Published on January 25, 2018 How Building and Maintaining Relationships Influences Conflict Management It goes without saying that the relationship between you, as a leader, and those you serve is important. Your job is to build the kind of relationship with each person that contributes to problem-managing and opportunity-developing outcomes.

In this post, we will build on my previous post, ‘Reflective Practice for Conflict Management in Leadership’ and go through a process to help you look at your strengths and weakness in establishing and maintaining relationships in your everyday life.
Published on January 29, 2018 Using Context in Conflict Management for Thoughtful Processing Becoming a thought processor requires two things:

  1. following the main points of the person’s story
  2. listening to the point of view, decision, and intention in the story

As a person’s story unfolds they place it in the context of their lives. Since we tend to know the context of our own lives, this reflective exercise makes the point about thoughtful processing by asking you to focus on yourself.
Published on March 5, 2018 Setting and Managing Healthy Boundaries for Leadership Roles Your role, as the leader with your staff, colleagues, and clients is identified, clarified, and expressed on a distinct contract. Contracting in relationships is important to clarify any expectations the leader, or who is served, may have within their mutual relationship.
Published on March 13, 2018 Visibly Tuning In To Others In Everyday Conversations and During Conflict Management In this post, we will continue to build from ‘Reflective Practice for Conflict Management in Leadership’.

This is another exercise from one of my classes you do in your everyday life. To complete this exercise you will:

  1. Observe the way you attend to others for a week or two – at home, with friends, at work.
  2. Observe the quality of your presence to others when you engage in conversations with them.

Of course, even being asked to “watch yourself” will induce changes in your behaviour; you will probably “tune in” more effectively than you ordinarily do.

The purpose of this exercise is to sensitize you to attending behaviours in general and to get some idea of what your day-to-day attending style looks like.

Want more? Read ‘How Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence Influence Conflict Management’. 

About The Author

Suzanne Marie

Living life to its fullest. Building mighty communities through connection, belonging, security, and love. I am founder and CEO at Peak Conflict Solutions and my purpose in life is to show your workplace how to set the tone for connection, belonging, and security while creating space for conflict management.