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. 

For influential leaders, it helps to allow ourselves white space or margin.

Time and attention away from the situation allow new thoughts and perspectives to rise. Life’s riches happen in the margins — when one does not focus only on outcomes, problems, having our way, and exerting our power.
Introspection is a continuous process. The real work starts with assuming a leadership role. Taking a moment to reflect and accept things without judgment allows us to look at failures as learning opportunities, which is part of business insight and wisdom.

Reflecting on successes, failures, and experiences helps us realign our vision and become better human beings. Allowing ourselves the mental/internal whitespace and margin to reflect on our careers and lives helps us identify significant opportunities and realign our goals. The next step after reflection is assessment, which involves identifying what we learned and how it makes us better individuals. By doing this without judgment, we learn from our mistakes and become better leaders. Introspection is a crucial component of leadership development.

As leaders, we must learn from our mistakes and take time to reflect and learn from them. Unfortunately, some leaders may be unforgiving and make it difficult for us to learn from our mistakes. However, it is essential to give ourselves some space and time to learn from our mistakes to avoid repeating them in the future. By acknowledging and learning from our mistakes, we demonstrate leadership to our team.

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