What Does a Self-Aware Leader Look Like?
Self-awareness gives people insight into their characteristics, skills and abilities. For those in leadership positions, developing self-awareness is one of the most important steps toward becoming a more effective leader. A self-aware leader:
Strives to make better decisions for themselves, their team members and their business Has greater chances of improving their company’s financial position Contributes at a higher level and adds value to their industry Establishes realistic, attainable goals Earns the respect of their team members by being honest and accessible
A self-aware leader has in-depth understanding of their own triggers, strong points, motivation and priorities. Additionally, self-aware leaders consider the needs of their team members and the overall goals of the company. Only with self-awareness can you truly learn to appreciate, motivate and engage others.
Did you know that 95% of people think they are self-aware but 10-15% actually are?
Leadership Qualities of the Self-Aware
When we think about self-awareness, we’re often thinking of internal self-awareness, which relates to an individual’s familiarity with their own beliefs, attitudes and personality. Another type of self-awareness is external, which involves a person’s understanding of how others perceive them. It’s essential for leaders to develop both kinds of self-awareness. Characteristics of a self-aware leader include:
- Self-control and the ability to effectively manage emotions
- Reflection on their actions and how they affect others
- Empathy and compassion
- Understanding of differences and how others respond to them
- Demonstrating good judgment and decision making
- Flexibility and adaptability
Improving Leaders’ Self-Awareness
Improving a leader’s self-awareness requires providing the support and tools they need to truly examine their strengths and weaknesses. Businesses can help increase their leaders’ self-awareness by encouraging them to look closely at how others react to them, providing actionable feedback and promoting greater empathy and communication in the workplace. Increasing your leaders’ self-awareness is an investment that will pay off with better employee engagement, fewer complaints and increased productivity. At