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Published by angela_500, 2018-09-14 15:36:54

#5Day Leadership Learning Challenge

5 Daily challenges for leaders to undertake in under 10 minutes with Reflection Log included

Keywords: Leadership,reflection,learning

#5DAY LEADERSHIP
LEARNING CHALLENGE

EVERYDAY LEARNING IN JUST 5 MINUTES A DAY

#5day leadership
learning challenge

Back in August 2018 over a 5 day period, I posted a daily leadership learning
challenge on LinkedIn for any leader to take part in. I made this challenge free and
easily accessible as I wanted people to embrace the principle of learning anywhere,
everyday, rather than expecting their learning as a leader to take place on a course.
What I have done here is put the leadership challenge into an online booklet so you
can participate, wherever you are based, and whenever you discover this.

Each challenge for the 5 days is focused on you and your learning as a leader. The
daily challenge is achievable in 10 minutes or less. Pick a week, start on a Monday
and do a challenge each weekday.

To accompany the challenge I produced a reflective learning log so leaders could
record their thoughts, reflection, feelings about the challenge and what they noticed
about it . In this online version I have incorporated the Learning Log into the same
document so you have the daily challenge, followed by the reflection log for that daily
challenge. I encourage you to use the reflection log, especially if it is not your natural
preference. Undertaking that action will prove to be a learning opportunity in itself.

We all process challenges in a different way and keeping a reflective log is one way of
doing this. There are no rules on whether you use it for a few key notes or choose to
write an essay. You can use it for your private thoughts or if you have a coach, or a
mentor, you may want to share your reflections in your discussions.

At the end of the 5 day leadership learning challenge, you can choose to share your
log with others, with your team, or simply recycle it !

I would love to hear from you on how you tackled the challenges, any insights or
learning you gained over the 5 days and what you would like as the next area of focus.

Happy learning and have fun Angela

[email protected]

Day ONE

Let's Dive In !

#Day1 – Leadership Learning
Challenge

Monday represents a new week, a new start, and a new
opportunity for learning. And of course, remember Learning can

be done anywhere at anytime ...

Today’s challenge task is:

Set yourself the goal of learning 1 new thing this week, that
develops you as a leader

What will it be ?
Who will keep you accountable for achieving it?

Go on share your goal with your team ...!

Day ONE

CHALLENGE

#Day 1 - Leadership Learning Challenge

My Leadership Learning GOAL for this week is ........................................
.....................................................................................................................................................
......................................................................................................................................................

How I plan to achieve this
....................................................................................................................................................

 

Reflections :

WHAT OPTIONS DID YOU CONSIDER?
HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TO FOCUS ON?
WHAT MIGHT GET IN THE WAY OF ACHIEVING IT?
HOW COMMITTED ARE YOU?

DAY TWO

Stepping It Up

#Day2 – Leadership Learning

Challenge

Whether or not we are consciously aware , we all exude a certain
level of energy to others around us. This energy impacts how others

choose to interact with us.
Today’s challenge task is:
To notice, reflect & consider – How much energy did you bring
to your work today? Check it now!
What positive impact has this had?
What has stopped you today?
Use the reflective log to spend 5 minutes noting down your
observations and what this means for you as a leader.

Day 2 Challenge

Check my Linked In post for
#Day 2 - Leadership Learning Challenge

REFLECTIONS:

How do you rate the energy you brought to work today on a scale of 1- 10?
(Where 1 = Low and 10 = Very High )

1 10

Consider:

How has it changed over the day?
What increases your energy?
What diminishes it?
What impact does it have on others?

Time to be
honest

take a deep breath  ......

DAY
THREE

LEADERSHIP LEARNING
CHALLENGE

#Day3 – Leadership Learning
Challenge

Getting other perspectives on how we lead and impact others is one of the
many ways we raise our awareness and develop. As a leader – do we seek

out this feedback regularly?

Today’s challenge task is:

Ask for feedback from one of your team .... you may be surprised at what
you hear

Spend some time reflecting on what the feedback means for you.
What do you want to START, STOP or CONTINUE doing?

For quick tips on how to ask for this feedback from your team members – see
the reflective log

Day 3

Check my Linked In post for
#Day 3 - Leadership Learning Challenge

great questions when asking for feedback:

1) What have I done recently that has impressed you?
2) What is one thing I could do differently which would make a
difference?

REFLECTIONS

What were the positives ?
What could you improve on?
What insights does it give you as a leader?

Day FOUR

you are
not alone

#Day4 – Leadership Learning
Challenge

Being a leader isn’t about always being the hero ! Sometimes it is easy to think
we have to have all the answers and rush to the rescue , giving the solution to

our team. This can create an unrealistic pressure on us as leaders and can
make leadership a lonely place at times.
Today’s challenge task is :

Show some vulnerability, ask for help, before the end of the day,
from a member of your team.

This needs to be something you genuinely need their help with and will require
you to share that you don’t know everything. Try it and see what happens.
Use the log to note your observations and insights

DAY FOUR

Check my Linked In post for  Challenge
 #Day 4 - Leadership Learning Challenge

REFLECTIONS

What did you think when you saw the challenge?
How did it feel to ask?
How often do you show this aspect to your team?
What impact does it have?

Day
5

Grab a
coffee

take time to think
about the next

challenge

#Day5 – Leadership Learning
Challenge

As we reach the end of the working week, it is a good time to start the day
mindfully with some conscious, focused reflection.

As leaders we experience successes and failures like everyone else. If we take
time to share what we have learned from our experiences it helps us connect
with our team members and build stronger relationships.

Today’s challenge task is:

Find a quiet space and review your leadership year to date. What have
been your successes and your failures, what has given you pride? where

have you had disappointments?.

List your key learning from each of these and share at least 2 of these with your
team.

Day Five
Check my Linked In post for 
REFLECTIONS  #Day 5 - Leadership Learning
Challenge
success
failure

disappointment pride

Consider :
What themes came up ?
What insights has it given me?
What do I plan to change for the
rest of the year?

Review of the #5 day
challenge

Considerations:

Who am I as a leader?
What new insights have I learnt about myself?
What choices do I now have?
What might I want to experiment with as a leader?
What different decisions will I make ?

I hope you have enjoyed taking part in
this #5 day leadership learning challenge
and you have been inspired to continue
developing as a leader.
I'd love to hear your stories and insights
from this challenge.

Angela

Coaching Training Development

LEAD YOUR TEAM
TO SUCCESS

Aspire HR Ltd works with organisations to  develop leaders
and teams to perform at their best and deliver business success.

Contact us for a discussion about how we can work with you.

Email: [email protected] Tel: 07703 531687


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