Leadership Requires Awareness
With a goal of being an effective leader, I’ve been reading about how to cultivate leadership skills. What comes up again and again is the importance of building awareness.
Have you ever been somewhere, and your mind wanders to another place? Perhaps you’re worrying about something, or anticipating your next meeting. You don’t really focus on what’s happening NOW. Do you know what it feels like to be somewhere, but not really be there?
Learn to Be Present
I know what that’s like, especially when I’m juggling client cases, professional development, managing my law firm, and oh yeah, personal life, too!
Becoming aware is the best way to effectively lead others. When we are aware, we can focus 100% on what is happening RIGHT NOW.
Check out these books on how to build awareness!
The benefit of awareness is that we listen when someone speaks, they feel heard, and we respond with integrity and focus.
I see how this new stance improves my client relations. I am fully entrenched in this client, right now, while they sit across from me or I face them on a Zoom call.
Focusing on My Clients
Nothing else is in my mind or focus; they know their issues are my present priority. And we get things done because we are fully present and connected.
Also, building awareness means we stop filtering situations through a lens of bias or perception. We see it objectively, which helps lead to productive solutions.
Being more aware has helped me question my inherent biases. With a goal of truly adopting an anti-racist stance, this is essential!
When I hear my inner thoughts going in a new direction, I examine them and ask whether I am bringing bias unnecessarily into a situation. I always want to be the best divorce lawyer I can be!
The Benefits of Awareness
Building awareness can have beneficial outcomes, including the following:
- The ability to tune into your own thoughts, and triggers, so you can release them.
- You investigate automatic interpretations – which often leads to letting them go.
- You observe, objectively, what is happening.
- You explore a variety of possibilities, without attachment to being right or a certain outcome.
- You reduce or eliminate judgment about people or situations being good or bad, right or wrong.
- You reduce stress (I am a BIG fan of this!)
- You find the best solution or approach, because you are CLEAR.
I’ve learned that building awareness is the ONLY option if I am to be a good leader!