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Individuals who understand their own strengths and weaknesses are likely to progress quickly in a work context and enjoy a more satisfying personal life. Self-awareness is being mindful of what you are good at while acknowledging where you have to develop and learn.
Self-awareness amongst leaders is extremely important. It does not only benefit the individual involved, but it can also be a predictor of organizational success. According to studies, the most successful leaders were the ones who understood their strengths and their blind spots. A high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success.
Leaders who know themselves will be more aware when it comes to hiring decisions and the gaps in their teams. These leaders are also more able to entertain the notion that an individual on their team might have an idea that may surpass their own. Understanding employees' individual talents can create high-performing teams where individuals with specific skills can complement one another. This creates team collaboration and can increase organizational success.
There are a number of ways to increase self-awareness. One way is to seek feedback on your performance from others. This could be in the form of review sessions with individuals who work with you. Personality assessments are also effective as they facilitate self-reflection, which in turn increases self-awareness. You might find it helpful to write a diary or plan, and learn from your actions; for example, noting down a decision you made and what you expected to happen then eventually comparing it with what actually occurred.
So, understand your strengths and weaknesses, your ''super powers'' versus your ''kryptonite.'' Take time to understand the personalities of the people you work with. Try to actively increase self-awareness through feedback, personality assessments and from actively learning from your actions.
• Taking personality assessments lead to better self-awareness
• Seek review sessions with your supervisor, subordinates, peers
• Learn from experience to make better decisions in the future
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Source: Nicola Turner, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Organizational Psychologist, HRI&C - Dubai