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;
1) Be a Human Becoming, it’s so much more powerful than just being a Human Being. I was taught this term in the early 1990’s by leadership expert, Mike Williams. I have never forgotten it, as it differentiates between moving through our lives in survival mode, and moving through our lives consciously towards a purpose.

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?
2) Rethink thinking. Can we control the way that we think, see things and react to things? Yes, we can. I refer you to the work of  Trevor Maber here. He says, “Every day, we meet people and process our interactions–making inferences and developing beliefs about the world around us”. In this video, he introduces us to the idea of a ‘ladder of inference’ and a process for rethinking the way we interact.

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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.