Blog Post: The You in Me, A Look at Projection November 8, 2016 by De Yarrison
To be a truly exceptional leader necessitates that I become vigilantly aware of myself in the moment. In the moment when I am facilitating a team meeting to figure out how to get a project back on track. In the moment when a co-worker enters my office for our weekly 1-on-1 conversation. In the moment of quiet reflection during an annual offsite.
In the video below, I overview a common, often unconscious, phenomenon occurring during these ordinary leadership moments, called projection. Projection raises my awareness to a certain behavior or quality, typically through a negative experience of this quality in someone else. Rather than simply being annoyed or frustrated by this negative experience, projection invites me to consider a deeper purpose. The quality or behavior that has captured my attention mirrors a part of me that is ready to step into the light and be seen clearly. Our projections, if we're willing to acknowledge them as such, provide a pathway for our continuous growth and evolution.
Any given moment of my day has the power to become transformational as I courageously and honestly look:
at my silent opinions of others
at my judgments and criticisms of myself
at my assumptions
at the meaning I am attaching to a situation or circumstance
Watch the video and read the full post here. Use the questions that follow the video to help you look courageously and honestly at the growth opportunities projection may be inviting you into today.
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