I find myself people watching each day I walk downtown. I watch as they talk and interact, or walk in isolation seldom looking up from the sidewalk. I watch them walk by in their thousand dollar suits or the clothes they slept outside in overnight. No matter their status, I wonder how aware they are – of who they are?
All leaders have an understanding of how knowing your personality, both strengths and weaknesses, can help you become a better leader.
With improved awareness we begin to recognize where that strength of ours can become a weakness. We develop more perspective and are able to have more understanding of different sides of ourselves and others.
By knowing more about our own personality qualities we are able develop and strengthen the ones we want to or need to work on. This gives us a greater ability to work with others and see the strengths and needs of the people around us.
Leaders who become more and more self-aware feel more balanced, more integrated and whole. Now for those of us who are followers of Jesus the beginning of awareness is in knowing who we are as a child of God.
Mentoring certainly helps a leader increase self acceptance by helping them to accept more of their strengths and weaknesses. It can help us recognize where we still need to experience freedom so that we can pursue the vision God has for us.
What might group mentoring look like in the downtown and who would be interested – he ponders?
Love downtown – Carson