Being a leader presents many challenges. One of the most valuable assets you can have as a leader is self awareness. Why is it so important and what are the benefits?
Benefit 1: You Play To Your Strengths
- While you can be competent in many areas, it is tough to be great at everything. Being more self aware allows you to focus your time and energies on what you do best. After all, you want to be playing to your strengths.
Benefit 2: You Get Others Playing To Their Strengths
- Organisations are full of talented people, many of whom are never ever fully utilised. Make the time to find out where others excel and get them focusing on what they do best.
Benefit 3: You Adapt To The Situation
- Leadership is not something that comes with a step by step success recipe. A lot of it is trial and error, learning and reflection and being able to adapt. The best leaders are highly skilled at adapting to the situation they face.
Benefit 4: You Think Before You Act
- In any situations there will always be many options open to you. Good leaders know this and will choose their response and options to take account of others’ perspectives.
The Bottom Line: The truth is that raising your levels of self awareness can really make a huge difference to the results you achieve. So what’s your first step?
To help you to assess where you excel and where you perhaps need to develop yourself, I have developed a simple Leadership Assessment. You can get your free assessment by clicking on the following link leadership-skills-assessment
Great points Duncan. It’s amazing how powerful a little bit of self-awareness can be for leaders. It allows them to understand not only who they are but who they people around them are. It tends to build more balanced leaders who create happier workplaces.Reply