Self-awareness: knowing yourself to better understand others

16 Apr

In order to be a good manager, it’s important to be truly aware and in tune with your environment. To do this, you first need to be self-aware. Actually, this is true in any walk of life, but is particularly applicable in positions of leadership and management.

So, why is self-awareness so important? What can we do to improve self-awareness?

1. Here are five points to consider:Know what you are good at and where your weaknesses lie. Find the right balance between self-belief and knowing when you need help. Often those in a position of leadership feel they must appear as some sort of unflappable deity when, really, this façade can have a detrimental effect on you and your team – who can see you for what you are anyway.

2. Only by acknowledging weakness can you then begin the process of improvement. This may seem obvious but asking for help is one of the best things you can do – people are a great resource. It indicates a willingness to learn, improve and shows that members of the team are valued. 

3. Ask people for others’ opinion. Conduct feedback meetings during and at the end of projects; ask people what they thought went well, what could have been done better. Don’t be afraid to ask for specific feedback on your own performance to get a good idea how things have gone.

4. Try to increase your emotional intelligence (EQ). Psychologists define EQ as having five main elements and those who excel in these area will generally have a high EQ:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation – an ability to control emotions and impulses
  • Motivation
  • Empathy – the ability to understand others’ viewpoints
  • Social skills

5. The decision-making process of self-aware managers is much better. They think things through more thoroughly, are able to consider different angles and the consequences of their actions – not only for the task at hand but for the people involved.

At Catalyst we train staff, managers, and leaders on how to increase self-awareness to the benefit of you, your team and the business by creating a harmonious environment in which people enjoy their role and are set clear, achievable goals.

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