self-a·ware·ness – noun; 1. conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives and desires.
Being aware of yourself and your own character is no easy task, but, when mastered, it can help you become an extremely effective leader.
Self-awareness keeps people grounded and focused on what matters. When leaders are grounded, they stay on task and are more efficient. They are able to control their emotions and guide those around them, helping others to develop their own self-knowledge.
Improve your self-awareness with these seven tips:
- Keep an open mind. – Be curious about others and what they have to offer. The more open you are, the more creative you can become as a leader.
- Be mindful of your own strengths and weaknesses. – Self-aware people know their own strengths and weaknesses, so they know when to ask for help and when they are fine on their own.
- Stay focused. – Don’t distract yourself with social media and emails. Train yourself to focus for long periods of time.
- Set boundaries. – Be open and warm toward others, but know when to say no. Keep firm boundaries to maintain integrity.
- Know your emotional triggers. – Identify your emotions as they are happening. Don’t repress or deny them; instead, fully process them before communicating them with others.
- Embrace your intuition. – Trust your gut and take risks.
- Practice self-discipline. – You should discipline yourself both at work and in your personal life. This will keep you focused.
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