Leading Self

Strong self-awareness, mindfulness, and social fluency serve as a foundation for effective leadership. With a sophisticated understanding of self and the way you relate to others in the workplace, you can take a positive next step in your career to enrich and strengthen the social sector. Developing your professional relationships, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate effectively is critical to finding success in future leadership positions.

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Personal Values, Strengths, and Culture

Develop a User Manual

Products come with users manuals – but people don’t. Creating your own user manual can be a great exercise in self-reflection and when shared with teams, this tool can be useful to highlight team dynamics and spark healthy dialogue around how to most effectively work with one another.

All it takes is five steps to create your own user manual to share with your supervisor, your department, or your company at large – Five Steps to Create a Personal User Manual.


What if You Had to Write a User Manual?

In his book Quick and Nimble, author Adam Bryant introduces the concept of user manuals in the workplace.

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User Manual Template

Need a more concrete example? Here is a template of a user manual created by an executive leader of a small and scrappy company.

Leaders Need Users Manual

Abby Falik, Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year shares her personal users manual and what she learned about herself in the process of writing it.