Whether you feel at the top of your game or you’re feeling in a slump, now is a good time to reflect for your own personal growth.

Warren Bennis shared that, “Leaders know who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are and how to fully deploy their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.”

How well do you understand your own capabilities?  How did you identify what your strengths and blindsides are?  Primarily, this information is gained through our experiences, many of which are very costly, as we live from one situation to another. 

Usually after some painful event, we stop and reflect on what caused the pain and why, taking note how we will handle those circumstances again in the future if we cannot avoid them.  We watch as others around us go through similar experiences yet are impacted differently, and sometimes even thrive where we struggled. 

There are other scenarios where we excel and have the time of our life, yet for some reason, we do not always stop and reflect on these pleasant experiences to identify why.

As we mature, we begin to realize that just because we are very good at something does not mean we get energized by it as well.  However, we do find ourselves constantly working harder and improving at those activities that do energize us. 

Ideally, you had a great role model, or were wise beyond your years, and you recorded in your journal all these priceless insights as to what energizes and de-energizes you.  When was the last time you evaluated these valuable lessons learned so you could apply them to improve your effectiveness?

Knowing what truly energizes and de-energizes you will enable you to more effectively lead as you are able to better align your team to complement your strengths and blindsides. 

This is Jason Walker sharing an Elite Team INSIGHT.