|As I work with student prefects and the beginning of term 1 is a popular time for these sessions, I got to speak to many academic leaders/teachers over the past two weeks during my training in New Zealand. As we start a little later in the year here, schools had just started for 2018.Many teachers shared a “deer in headlights” look.
A teacher commented, “You know that the avalanche of getting back into school in the first week is going to hit you – but you still feel surprised and quite overwhelmed when it does!”
The first step of being an effective leader for others is effective self-leadership. With a conscious self-leadership strategy in place, our year unfolds into a more manageable framework, no matter what the size of the initial avalanche.
I suggest 3 areas of consideration towards this strategy;
Being a human becoming requires us to stay in learning mode ourselves and to remain aware of our own growth through our experiences.
When considering our career, can we say that we have had, for example, 10 years of experience, or is it possible that we have had the same years experience 10 times?
3) A habits audit. You might have heard of the “power of 5” rule. This rule claims that our income equals the average income of the 5 people we spend the most time with. James Altucher, in his book, Reinvent Yourself carries this rule further to our personal habits. He suggests that we are the product of our 5 most powerful habits and he is absolutely right. Doing a personal “habits audit” is a simple and effectual way of becoming aware of, and adjusting the habits which are serving us, and dispensing with those that are not.