Self-awareness and leadership

Self-awareness and leadership

After examined the traits that contribute to the effectiveness of successful leaders, researchers concluded that a high level of self-awareness was the strongest predictor of success: when leaders are self-aware, they know how to hire subordinates who are strong in the areas where they themselves are weak.

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A Beginner's Guide to Self-Awareness

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"Why" is the wrong question to ask

When introspecting, it’s common for people to ask “why”. But the question ‘why’ sucks us into an unproductive, paralyzed state. It gets us into this victim mentality.” And no matter how confident we are about the answer to “why,” we’re almost always wrong.

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The “bias blind spot"

It relates to our tendency to recognize cognitive biases in others, without noticing them in ourselves. In other words, our brain isn’t built to easily spot our own lack of self-awareness.  

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Self-awareness has 2 components
  • Internal self-awareness: the ability to introspect and recognize your authentic self;
  • External self-awareness: the ability to recognize how you fit in with the rest of the world. 

The 2 are independent, meaning you can have one without the other. To be truly, fully self-aware, though, you need both components.

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 7 pillars of self-knowledge for introspection
  • personality
  • values
  • passions
  • aspirations
  • strengths
  • weaknesses
  • the environment most conducive to your well-being. 

They act as a framework, because introspection is key to building internal self-awareness, but aimless wandering through your own psyche probably won’t get you very far. 

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Accepting and integrating feedback

You need to get feedback from people you trust, people who want you to be successful but are also going to tell you the truth, to ensure you aren’t only getting one view. Getting a second, or third, opinion can help. In the end, though, it’s on you to synthesize all those opinions into a cohesive self-portrait — and then get acquainted with the result.

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Self-awareness is not just a buzzword

Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement. They are not the solution to everything, but they are the first step to that.

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The Importance of Self-Awareness and How to Become More Self Aware

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The definition of self-awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don't align with your internal standards.

  • If your're highly self-aware, you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behavior with your values, and understand correctly how other perceive you.

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The True Meaning of Self-Awareness (& How to Tell If You're Actually Self-Aware)

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Self Awareness is our ability to observe and accurately identify our thoughts, feelings and impulses, and determine whether they are grounded in reality or not. 

Benefits-

  1. Aids self-control, creativity, pride, and self-esteem.
  2. Predicts self-development, acceptance, and proactivity.
  3. Facilitates decision-making.
  4. Leads to more accurate self-reports.
  5. Required to develop self-control.

But being “self-aware” is not an all-or-nothing trait. There are varying levels which we can achieve.

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Why You Suck at Self-Awareness

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