Last week, my wife and I had the opportunity to travel to Tuscany, Italy. We stayed with a small group in a villa outside the tiny village of Pienza. During our visit, we had the chance to visit a 12th century stone Romanesque church where both Pope Pius II and Pope Pius III were baptized centuries ago.

I visited this same church five years ago. On that visit, I captured the scene of a lone woman sitting silently by herself. No doubt she was reflecting on something of her life. My friends and I were careful not to disturb her and left quickly one we saw she was deep in thought.

There was something restorative about the solemn quietness of that massive stone building. It made me think about how those who are developing their transformational leadership might effectively use time in their busy schedules to do something similar. You don’t need a 900-year-old stone church, but you do need a quiet place you can go to rest, relax and restore.

Here are some of the benefits you might receive:

  1. Clear your mind to improve your focus.
  2. Think more deeply to improve your creativity.
  3. Improve your concentration to accomplish more in less time.
  4. Rediscover yourself to reduce the possibility for group think.
  5. Think through problems more effectively by eliminating external distractions.
  6. Appreciate important people in your life to improve your relationship.

All of this goes to developing your ability to succeed as a transformational leader.

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Are you setting aside time on a regular basis to rest, relax and restore?
  2. Is this time free of distractions? Are you alone?
  3. Are you using this time to be introspective and think about your leadership?

Need help getting started? Read the last two weeks newsletters for ideas on the kinds of questions you might ask yourself during this time.

Dedicated to your profitable transformation,

Steve

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