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HBR Guides to Managing Your Career Collection (6 Books) by Harvard Business Review

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CHAPTER 6

Why You Should Make Time for Self-Reflection (Even If You Hate Doing It)

by Jennifer Porter

When people find out I’m an executive coach, they often ask who my toughest clients are. Inexperienced leaders? Senior leaders who think they know everything? Leaders who bully and belittle others? Leaders who shirk responsibility?

The answer is none of the above. The hardest leaders to coach are those who won’t reflect—particularly leaders who won’t reflect on themselves.

At its simplest, reflection is about careful thought. But the kind of reflection that’s really valuable to leaders is more nuanced than that. The most useful reflection involves the conscious consideration and analysis of beliefs and actions for the purpose of learning. Reflection ...

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