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March 1, 2022
Vol. 79
No. 6

Did You Know? / The Power of Reflection

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      Reflecting for just a few minutes a day on what could make you a better leader can improve your work overall. Researchers from the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business found that when leaders spent time considering what qualities made them good leaders, they experienced greater resiliency, collaborated more with colleagues, and felt more like a leader than on days without this time. As a study coauthor explained, "It's as simple as taking a few moments in the morning while you're drinking your coffee to reflect on who you want to be as a leader."
      The researchers provide a list of questions to guide this reflective practice, including:
      • What are some of your proudest leadership moments?
      • What qualities do you have that make you a good leader, or will in the future?
      • What effect do you want to have on your employees?

      Lanaj, K., Foulk, T. A., & Erez, A. (2019). Energizing leaders via self-reflection: A within-person field experiment. Journal of Applied Psychology104(1), 1–18.

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