So why am I including this in a blog about leadership...what does talking to myself have to do with how one leads? Here are a few thoughts as you consider the importance of thinking, speaking, and leading:
- leaders need time to think - concentrated, longer periods of time when there is no interruption from others or distractions calling out to you
- leaders need time to speak out loud - putting the right words together to get a point across can make all the difference int he world
- leaders need time to consider alternatives - in the midst of a long drive, many different plans can emerge around one dilemma. Being able to think about them and hear them out loud helps in making a decision
- leaders need time to practice - going over what I am going to say (either publicly or to an individual) gives me confidence before going into a situation
- leaders need time to reflect - going over the decisions that had been made that day provides a time to consider the WHY of what you did or did not do
- leaders need affirmation - while I would never rely on self-affirmation, sometimes we need to pat ourselves on the back and rejoice over the decisions made during the day
Next time you catch yourself talking to yourself, don't be embarrassed...embrace it as your way of preparing yourself for leading. However, I would caution you to find a quiet place to do so, be it a car, a room off the beaten path, or deep in the woods. I would not be happy if, sitting next to you on a plane, you would be doing your best thinking out loud.