In an article written for the Harvard Business Review, executive coach Porter describes her most difficult coaching clients. The largest issue with these clients is their inability to self-reflect, which in turn makes them difficult to coach. Not only are these individuals difficult to coach, but her article goes on to describe this factor hindering their leadership in the executive world. Research conducted in call centers by Giada Di Stefan, et al., showed a performance increase of 23% using self-reflection. Another study done with UK commuters showed similar results with an increase in happiness, productivity and less burn out.
Jennifer explains that while self-reflection has shown robust results, some of the roadblocks that can trip up leaders include not understanding the process, not being interested, having a bias towards action, and not seeing the ROI. However, with a few tips you can improve your ability to self-reflect and ultimately
increase your leadership skills.
Consider starting small. Like how 10 minutes a day can kick start a daily mediation practice, try starting with just 10 minutes a day. Also, if quiet self-reflection isn’t your style, try thoughtful discussion with a colleague, journaling, or some other method. Other tips include scheduling a dedicated reflection time, asking for help, and more.
Her full article can be read here.