Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall


Self-awareness is a game changing skill in the life of a leader. Make sure you lead yourself well.

We are in the process of remodeling our bathroom. Did I say we? I guess it’s we. My wife goes to the Pinterest website and gets a great idea. I go to Home Depot and “we build something together!” The most dramatic and least expensive change we've made has been to our mirror. I simply put a frame around an existing mirror and the personality of the whole bathroom changed.

Picture what you look like when you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. Do this quickly, it can be painful. This is actually your first self-leadership moment of the day. By looking in the mirror you become self-aware. You see things that need to change and you have the opportunity to respond. You can choose to brush your teeth, wash your hair, shave or put on your make up or not (no judgment).

Self-awareness is a game changing skill in the life of a leader. Your IQ may get you that amazing job but it is your ability to respond to situations with self-awareness that determines how effective you will become. The mirrors for those leading like Jesus can be the Holy Spirit through the Scripture, your family, co-workers or those you lead. A mirror is anyone who cares enough about you to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). But you have to have the courage to listen and respond.

Blind spots in our leadership are areas where we lack self-awareness. They happen when we refuse to hear and respond to our leadership mirrors. They funny thing about blind spots is that everybody but you sees them! And the results are just as obvious as going to work without performing your morning mirror routine.

So, talking mirrors are not just in fairy tales. Make sure you lead yourself well. Ask your mirrors the right questions.

Written by Bob Bumgarner


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