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The importance of the self-aware leader

People always observe what a leader is doing, how they are behaving and what they are saying. Many leaders are naturally self-aware, but many are not. Think of these scenarios…

The team members who feel they cannot go to their leader with feedback on their leadership style…

The leader who hasn’t seen the elephant in the room…

The CEO and board members who butt heads…

To be the best you can be as a leader, being self-aware is critical. 

So what is self-awareness?

According to Psychologist and Author, Sherrie Campbell, self-awareness is the ‘ability to monitor your own emotions and reactions. Being self-aware enables you to know your strengths, weaknesses, triggers and motivators’.

As a leader, how do you become more self-aware and continue to develop on your leadership journey? 

On my own leadership journey, working with a trusted advisor – a mentor or coach – has helped me become much more self-aware and become a much better leader.

‘Awareness is the greatest agent for change’– Eckhart Tolle

I believe that people first want to see leaders as being human, authentic and trustworthy. How you show up as a leader on a daily basis is so important. Having an open mind, understanding your strengths and weaknesses, knowing your emotional triggers helps you be more self-aware as a leader. 

‘Self-awareness gives you the capacity to learn from your mistakes as well as your successes. It enables you to keep growing’ – Lawrence Bossidy

What are you doing to become more self-aware?