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The You of Leadership by Twan van de Kerkhof

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THE INDIVIDUAL LEADER

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Balancing Action and Reflection

“Learning is reflecting on doing”, according to management professor Henry Mintzberg. The greatest pitfall for leaders is to immerse themselves in actions, in doing. They can forget about reflection and therefore miss opportunities to learn from their actions.

The process of setting a strategy and executing it is an ongoing combination of action and reflection. In a full life, harmony exists between action and reflection; the rhythm shifts all the time. It is a dance between the inner and outer world, doing and contemplating. You act, you experience the consequences, you reflect. Having become ...

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