Leadership Essential: Self-Awareness
Successful leadership is grounded in self-awareness. If you are self-aware it means you have made (and are constantly updating) an accurate appraisal of your personality, of what motivates you, and what your strengths and weaknesses are.
Being self-aware affects how you behave and interact with others and puts you in a better position to evaluate and adapt your leadership style when necessary.
‘Leadership Essentials: Self-awareness’ provides an overview of why self-awareness is essential for leadership capability and includes ‘Top Tips’ on how you can use self-awareness to become a better leader.
The Essentials leaflet is supported by three Spotlights that look at aspects of self-awareness in more detail to help you improve your leadership skills:
"People often assume that personality and behaviour are one and the same, which leads to the erroneous assumption that because the fundamentals of your personality are relatively fixed, so also is your behaviour"
Peter Honey (1997)
"The leader of the effective team varies leadership style and develops leadership at all levels, with a strong emphasis on coaching to support Team Effectiveness and personal and team growth"
M. Thomas (2011)
"Unconscious bias at work can influence decisions in recruitment, promotion, staff development and recognition and can lead to a less diverse workforce. Employers can overlook talented workers and instead favour those who share their own characteristics or views"