Self-awareness is one of the most important characteristics of a leader. It means you have the ability to monitor your own emotions and reactions. More importantly, it allows you to know your strengths, development needs, triggers and motivators.
Developing self-awareness will strengthen not only individual performance but organisational performance too.
Self-aware leaders are always looking to improve, whether by consistently asking for feedback or investing in a continuing professional development program. They recognise the value of continuous learning and growth.
Becoming more self-aware does require practice.
Throughout the day, strive to be aware of and consider your thoughts and reactions to different events.
Ask others for feedback and absorb it, then reflect on their observations as well as your own. What areas do you want to focus on improving or changing?
Do you want to be more caring? More decisive? Less aggressive? More confident? Better organised?
Create an intentional strategy for making change and monitor how these changes affect your interaction with others.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson