Teaching our team members how to lead is one of the keys to Virtuous Visions, Inc.’s success. We want to make sure our company is filled with people who are ready to step up whenever needed. Therefore, we have spent a lot of time learning about different leadership techniques. One that we have been particularly interested in recently is keeping a journal.
It may seem strange at first, but keeping a journal has helped many leaders, such as Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman, succeed. A journal is a great tool for guided and focused reflection. This practice helps leaders to be more self-aware and to better consider their decisions. It is easy, and anyone can start using this valuable technique at any time.
Quiet reflection means that you are continuously learning from your experiences as a leader. While trying this in the Virtuous Visions, Inc. office, we have found that a few key questions are helpful. We ask ourselves what decisions are the highest priorities, what we are doing well, and where we are facing challenges. Writing down our thoughts on these questions helps illuminate their answers.
Another benefit of keeping a journal is that it helps manage stress. Often, sources of stress can be mitigated by addressing the resulting emotions head on. Reflecting on the stress we experienced throughout the day minimizes its impact and allows us to make more intentional decisions.
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