Students are required to submit a personal leadership reflection paper. Reflection involves thinking about our experiences. Day-to-day experiences in leadership roles, as well as our personal and professional lives, offer opportunities for reflection and learning. Development of leadership capabilities and capacity require the ability to explore, question, and evaluate one’s own performance and development.
The following are questions that should be addressed in the personal leadership reflection paper.
1. Which four to six laws from the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership book are strengths for you (personally and professionally) and provide examples of how you came to this conclusion? Which three or four laws are weaknesses, explain why, and describe your strategy for improvement.
2. Describe three to four ways that you plan on incorporating lessons from Lincoln on Leadership into your personal and professional goals? How do you plan on measuring your progress to ensure that your plan “comes alive” vis-à-vis “collects dust.”
3. As an organization gets larger there can be a tendency for the “institution” to dampen the “inspiration” of leaders. How do you plan to keep this from happening in your future leadership roles? Cite a few examples from The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork.
4. In addition to the previous three questions, students should also include a reflection on the values-sort activity located at the following website: www.thegoodproject.org/toolkits-curricula/the-goodwork-toolkit/value-sort-activity (Links to an external site.). Knowing what we value most in our work, relationships, and other commitments makes it easier to respond to opportunities and conflicts with integrity. This values sort is an excellent way to reflect upon what is most important to you personally and it is also a great way to stimulate conversations with peers, colleagues, and family members.