Leaders who spend time thinking about their values, drivers, and purposes have better emotional intelligence skills to understand others, which is critical in building trust and relationships. Leadership is not just a title but a responsibility and process that requires emotional intelligence skills to inspire and motivate teams.
Blind spots, where leaders are unaware of weaknesses, should be a component of leadership introspection to build awareness. Good leaders recognize their personal “why” and how they want to be influential leaders. They do not punish mistakes but instead create a dynamic environment that allows employees to experiment, fail, learn, and grow. Leaders use their lessons learned as case studies to inspire and motivate their team members.
Introspection requires individuals to invest effort in clearing space, opening, and examining themselves without judgment. Introspective leaders accept things as they are and approach failure with a growth mindset, asking themselves what they learn from the situation and whether they are willing to obtain outcomes that differ from their expectations. Taking a step back and reflecting on conditions helps detach from specific products. Leaders avoid pushing too hard and instead allow results to reveal themselves.