I think it can be easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and sometimes forget that our interactions with others have impact, both positive and negative. It takes a lot of energy to be mindful and present throughout our day, but it’s a really important skill. Lowney (2003) argues that “we’re all leaders and we’re leading all of the time, well or poorly” (loc. 125). I agree completely and love this quote because it can be applied to just about anything and everything we do. Simply replace the word leader with another such as educator, or team member, or parent, or friend. So if we’re all leaders [insert your role] all of the time, whether we think about it or not, what can we do to help to ensure we’re doing it well? One proven way is intentional reflection and listening to our inner voices.
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Bennett, P. (2017). What Reflection Teaches Us. Retrieved from https://fuse.franklin.edu/i4blog/36