R.A.F.T.  – Reflect, Assess, Formulate, and Take Action

R.A.F.T.  – Reflect, Assess, Formulate, and Take Action 266 246 Leland

The Power of Reflection in Leadership

Welcome to our R.A.F.T. series, where we dive into the four essential steps leaders should incorporate into their leadership toolbox. In this post, we will focus on the first step, reflection, and discuss its importance in leadership development.

The Importance of Reflection in Leadership:  Reflection is a crucial foundational skill that every leader should develop and nurture, whether new or experienced, should develop and nurture. By reflecting, leaders can gain self-awareness, improve their decision-making, and become more effective communicators.


Developing Self-Awareness:

  1. Reflecting on past experiences, behaviors, and decisions allows leaders to identify patterns and areas for improvement. It also helps them recognize their strengths, weaknesses, values, and beliefs, ultimately contributing to a deeper understanding of themselves and their impact on others. Self-awareness is crucial to effective leadership, enabling leaders to adapt and respond appropriately to various situations.

Understanding Personal Brand:

  1. A leader’s brand includes unique strengths, values, and qualities. Through reflection, leaders can better understand their brand and use this knowledge to communicate their vision and goals better, inspire and motivate their teams, and build authentic relationships with stakeholders.

Developing Emotional Intelligence:

  1. Emotional intelligence is a vital attribute for effective leadership, encompassing self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills. Reflecting on emotions, thoughts, and behaviors helps leaders understand their triggers, manage their emotions, and relate to others more effectively. Emotional intelligence allows leaders to navigate complex social situations and foster a positive work environment.

Making Informed Decisions:

  1. By reflecting on past decisions and their outcomes, leaders can learn from their successes and failures. This insight enables them to make better-informed decisions in the future, ultimately leading to more positive results for their teams and organizations.

Reflection is a critical first step in leadership development that allows leaders to gain self-awareness, understand their brand, develop emotional intelligence, and make informed decisions. By incorporating reflection into their daily routine, leaders can continuously improve and adapt their leadership styles to serve their teams and organizations better. In our next post, we will discuss the second step in the R.A.F.T process – Assess – and explore how leaders can use assessment to enhance their leadership skills further.

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