Join Jeff Weiner for an in-depth discussion in this video Generating self-awareness, part of On Leadership by Jeff Weiner.
- In terms of generating self-awareness, there's at least three ways to do that. The first is a mindfulness practice, there's no one way to do this, not just meditation, not just working out, not just breathing, there's lots, find what works for you, find what snaps you out of those moments. Find whatever enables you to feel those triggers and be a spectator. The second, super important, 360 feedback changed my career trajectory. It's one thing to get feedback from your manager, that's one person's opinion, and you have one relationship. It's another thing to get feedback from your manager, the people you work with, and the people that work for you. I find sometimes upwards feedback can be the most valuable. Completely different perspective than your manager, and your peers sometimes are going to walk on eggshells a little bit because they're your peers, and you want them to be open, honest, and constructive. It's the people that work for you, if you can get them to be transparent and constructive with you, that's gold, so valuable. And you have to be ready and brace yourself for some of this feedback. You've got to be careful what you wish for. 'Cause some of the stuff, first time you do it, it may surprise you, that people see you very differently than you see yourself. And that's okay. And the more you can start to align those views, the more you can do some of the things that we were talking about. And then last example is mentorship. A mentor is distinct from a coach or manager. Manager is someone that provides objectives and makes sure that you're realizing those objectives. A coach is someone who recognizes your strengths and weaknesses, and can coach and teach you. A mentor is someone who understands what it is you ultimately want to accomplish, or can work with you to figure out what you want to accomplish and then help put you on that trajectory. Ideally everyone in this room gets a mentor, it's really, really important. Someone who's looking out for you. No agenda, talked about agendas earlier, no agenda other than your own happiness. And they're willing to speak hard truths to you. And they're someone you can learn from, both in watching how they did what they did, and talking to them, and asking questions. I have been very fortunate to have a number of different mentors. I oftentimes talk about how influential my parents were in my life. There's two mentors that I was going to cite as examples, for life-altering advice that they gave me, one is a guy named Ray Chambers, had an extraordinary career on Wall Street throughout the 80s, incredible success and gave it all up because he wasn't happy. Started to spend a lot of time thinking about his own happiness, dedicated his life to philanthropy, and along the journey concluded there were five keys to his happiness. Those five keys that he taught me, that I take with me every day are the importance of being in the moment, being a spectator to your own thoughts, especially when you become emotional. I learned that from him. That it's better to be loving than to be right, to be grateful for at least one thing every day, and to help others every chance you get. To be of service to others. Five keys to happiness. That was kind of life altering for me, and that's the value of mentorship. And Fred Kofman, who some of you may recognize that name, he was a VP of Organizational Development and Leadership at LinkedIn for many years, wrote a book called "Conscious Business," wonderful book. He was an excellent friend and provided great advice, and I shared with him my excitement about a personal vision to help expand the world's collective wisdom. And he paused, we were having dinner, and he said, "That's really interesting." And I was like, "Oh, here it comes." He said, "But just bear in mind "that wisdom without compassion is ruthlessness, "and compassion without wisdom is folly." I was like, "Whoa." It was one of those moments where my entire worldview changed in an instant. That's the power of great mentorship. And I changed my personal vision statement, at that dinner, and I've had it ever since, to help expand the world's collective wisdom and compassion.
Learn about the importance of maintaining awareness of yourself, your team, your industry, and the world at large. Explore the topic of synthesis, which you achieve through developing your vision and values and by focusing on the most important priorities. Plus, learn about the role of inspiration in leadership, both in terms of being true to your own values and motivating others.