Byron's Babbles

Self Work

Posted in Educational Leadership, Global Leadership, Leadership, Leadership Development, Self-Work by Dr. Byron L. Ernest on March 13, 2023

I came across the term “self-work” this week and it made me think about what that really meant and how does that differ from personal growth or professional growth. While the three it could be argued are interconnected, I believe self-work is much more focused on being introspective. As a very introspective and reflective person, I spend a lot of time examining my thoughts, feelings, beliefs, relationships and behaviors to understand myself better and get better at being me. This helps me be a contributing citizen in this global society we now live.

Professional and personal growth deal more with our identities. Such as, father, board member, leader, community member, partner, or all the other things we must continue to grow and become more effective. Self-work is more about self-awareness. The self-work we invest in ourselves enables us to become significant. Self-work is about owning our own failures and accepting and learning from criticism without just dismissing it as baseless. Self-work is about knowing ourselves. What are those things that will help make us who we want to become?


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