Last time we talked about the importance of self-control and self-regulation for you as a leader. Closely related is Self-Awareness, "a topic identified in research as crucial yet frequently a derailer." and at the top of the list for what C-suite leaders want to be coached on according to a Korn Ferry study.
As Daniel Goleman said, "Emotional intelligence begins with this trait. People with a high degree of self-awareness know their weaknesses and aren’t afraid to talk about them. Someone who understands that he works poorly under tight deadlines, for example, will work hard to plan his time carefully, and will let his colleagues know why. Many executives looking for potential leaders mistake such candor for “wimpiness.” —"What makes a leader?", Harvard Business Review
How do you rate your self-awareness on a scale of 1-10? If less than 10, how would moving up the scale by 1 or 2 units impact your leadership? And how can you achieve this?
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Most leaders want to grow and improve. They want to gain tools to fix management problems. They less often want to look within and manage the weaknesses they possess that lead to problems. Benefits Of Self-Awareness If a manager explores their own perspective and how they function, they can change the context of their organization. A butterfly effect takes place. The leadership change creates a ripple affecting others throughout the whole organization. A leader has the capacity to influence others on their teams to overcome their own challenges. If he or she begins to see their own strengths and develop them, they motivate others to do the same.