Inspiring as a Centered Leader

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Your Progress:

Week 7 of 12

Your Guide Check-ins:

2 of 8 calls

Mary McNell

⊗ Monday, July 28, 2021

Skills to Complete for this Month


Today’s meeting may require me to listen more than I speak.

It’s important to step back when starting something new and stay open to different people offering new perspectives.

Consider helping the conversation be objective and clear so that all of your people are aligned.


I tend to feel more comfortable communicating 1:1 and when I have all the facts laid out in front of me.

My meeting with Ben is therefore a likely source of stress for me based on who I am and how I feel about the meeting.

Consider understanding the ‘why’ behind the demands even though I have limited visibility on the details of the ‘what’?

Time Management

I have a heavy load of meetings tomorrow. If I haven’t already, take some time now to look ahead and prepare.

As I know, being more intentional about my calendar (before it’s upon me) can help me manage my energy, gain control and confidence.

Physical Well-Being

When I feel my best, I perform at my best.

Stand up, have a glass of water and take a walk around to get the blood pumping.

Strategic Thinking

Having more confidence to assert myself and my ideas is a key focus for me this week. Stay mindful of this intention and consciously create time to focus strategically on what should be done vs simply coping with what needs to get done.

This month I am a Relationship Builder

The Developer

You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view, no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason.

When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth — a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps.

For you these small increments — invisible to some — are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and encouragement because, on some level, they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.

How to apply to your month

Work With Developer: Carefully avoid supporting someone who is consistently struggling in his or her role. In such instances, the most developmental action you can take is to encourage him or her to find a different role — a role that fits. Don’t over-invest in losing causes. Your natural inclination to see the best in people and situations can create a blind spot that will keep you from moving on to more opportune situations.

Lead With Developer: Make a list of the people you have helped learn and grow. Look at the list often, and remind yourself of the effect you have had on the world. Make a list of the people you would like to help develop. Write what you would consider to be each person’s strengths. Schedule time to meet with each of them regularly — even if for only 15 minutes — and make a point of discussing their goals and their strengths.

Live With Developer: Your Developer talents might lead you to become so invested in the growth of others that you ignore your own development. Remember that you cannot give what you do not have. If you want to have a bigger impact on the wellbeing and growth of others, you need to keep growing yourself. Find a mentor or coach who can invest in you.