Leadership and Self-Awareness

N2Growth Blog

If you’re in a position of leadership and don’t feel you have any blind spots, you’re either very naïve or very arrogant. Those leaders who actively pursue gaining a better understanding of themselves will not only reduce their number of blind spots, but they’ll also find developing a sense of awareness is the key to increasing emotional intelligence. If you don’t know how to nuance your leadership skills you will simply miss opportunities others won’t.

Becoming More Self-Aware To Improve How We Communicate

Tanveer Naseer

Of course, while there are various technical skills and aptitudes that are required for leadership positions in various industries, one thing that every leader needs to succeed in their role is to be an effective communicator. If you look around, you will find that most presenters are not aware of how they are really perceived in these three main areas. Their presentations only serve as testament to the important need for self-awareness.


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Self-Aware and Fluent Leadership

Coaching Tip

These collected traits, along with an intentional focus on improving their management skills form the basis of the tremendous influence, admiration and respect given them by their teams and, for some, by their clients and suppliers. Self-aware leaders know it is easier to spot points of commonality in others if you refrain from positioning your way as the only way to get things done. The workforce is rapidly changing.

Self-awareness (plus action) Translates to the Bottom-line

Great Leadership By Dan

This post was recently published in SmartBlog on Leadership : According to a new study by the Korn-Ferry Institute, “knowing thyself” isn’t just a nice-to-to; self-awareness flows directly to a firm’s bottom-line I’ve been sharing this information with my network and it’s generating a lot of interest. A blind spot is defined as a skill that the professional counted among his or her strengths, when coworkers cited that same skill as one of the professional’s weaknesses.

Leadership Benefits: Self-Awareness and ROI


Does self-awareness and an understanding of leadership impact really matter to organisations? One of the core traits observed in the best leaders I have worked with is self-awareness. There are also points such as decision making beliefs and biases that influence our position on many topics. All the more reason to take a strong position that as a leader it is important to regularly review your own performance as well as that of your team members.

Self-Awareness and Your Executive Edge

Coaching Tip

That''s always a good gauge for self-awareness. These questions can help you determine if you are self-aware: When your friends, colleagues or significant other has tried to tell you something about how you are behaving, how have you responded? Only when we become aware of something, are we able to make choices as to the action we wish to take. Awareness facilitates change. Buy a Book to take a Self-Assessment. Self-Aware and Fluent Leadership.

The First Step in Self-Awareness Isn’t You - Redux

Leading Blog

Self-leadership is fundamental to good leadership, but it is not the end-game. Self-awareness for self-awareness sake has a limited value. All the self-knowledge in the world counts for very little if it is not put to work in the service of others. Self-awareness that points to your unique contribution in the world is leadership. I was more than a little offended by the suggestion that I needed any help at all with my communication skills.

Working with People Who Aren’t Self-Aware

Harvard Business

Even though self-awareness — knowing who we are and how we’re seen — is important for job performance , career success , and leadership effectiveness , it’s in remarkably short supply in today’s workplace. In our nearly five-year research program on the subject, we’ve discovered that although 95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are. Sven Krobot/EyeEm/Getty Images.

How to Work for a Boss Who Lacks Self-Awareness

Harvard Business

Such differences are usually attributed to their self-awareness, though a more appropriate name for this ability would be other- awareness: awareness of how our actions affect — and are therefore evaluated by — other people. Unsurprisingly, self-awareness is omnipresent in leadership models. Self-Awareness Can Help Leaders More Than an MBA Can. What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It).

The Skill of Focusing

Coaching Tip

We need to realize that a few people are born with excellent mental and manual organizational skills. When Doing It All Won''t Do: A Self-Coaching Guide for Career Women--Workbook Edition--Paperback . The Power of Positive Anticipation. Books Career Memes Self-Awareness Skills What is Women Work life A.D.D. Do you have trouble focusing?

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The Most Challenging Leadership Skill of All

Lead from Within

There are a lot of skills that make up good leadership, but there is one quality that is possibly the most challenging, that is self-awareness, because self-awareness requires you to focus on yourself—not the easiest thing to do for an outwardly focused leader. Why is self-awareness even important to leaders? Self-awareness makes you a more effective leader in numerous important ways.

How Leaders Can Develop Their Skills With One Simple Habit

Tanveer Naseer

By making a subtle inner shift, called mindfulness, we can actually become and remain aware of our thinking, as though we’re watching it on a heads-up display, or listening to it as though it were a radio station. We can become and remain self-aware. However, it’s usually unintentional and we don’t sustain the perspective of being mindfully self-aware for more than a few seconds before we’re sucked right back into being our thinking again.

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Emotional Intelligence and A Call-Up to the Big Leagues

General Leadership

Because most of those vying for the position had been superbly prepared by the school of experience; they knew the secret handshakes, had mastered the technical tips of the trade, and understood how to really get things done. His uncanny ability to connect to others and inspire them to raise the bar on their performance a testimony to the power of achieving positive outcomes by effectively managing his (and others) emotions. The final skill is relationship management.

Saving Face: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust

Skip Prichard

And Maya Hu-Chan’s new book, SAVING FACE: How to Preserve Dignity and Build Trust is full of ways for leaders to: Increase your positive influence. Become a more empathetic and self-aware leader. Why is saving face an important leadership skill?

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Self-Awareness - You Can't Manage What You Don't Understand

Building Personal Strength

Thursday, December 2, 2010 Self-Awareness - You Cant Manage What You Dont Understand About 20 years ago, I did a lot of consulting and executive coaching. Convinced that he was being held back by personal tendencies he was unaware of, I explained the benefits of self-awareness and encouraged him further. It was rare to find someone who was afraid of self-assessment. To me, self-awareness is the key to self-control.

Three Friends Evolve in Their Leadership Skills

Coaching Tip

I hope that TRUTH, TRUST + TENACITY helps readers set a positive example in their own leadership learning journey,” says author Ritch K. Brandon says, “Just because someone is in a leadership position doesn’t mean they are a true leader. By definition, a true leader won’t put his or her personal goals ahead of building trust and a strong, positive relationship with members of the team. They disdain self-promotion and publicity stunts.

Use the Right Scorecard

Lead Change Blog

Mom had moved in about a month earlier, and this wasn’t the first time she’d commented on my inferior housekeeping skills. Someone’s assessment of my cleaning skills wasn’t a factor in how I measured my worth. Our self-concept boils down to how we see ourselves and that self-picture is based on two primary factors: Self-esteem—the positivity or negativity of our evaluation of our self, our traits, and our features.

Developing Interpersonal Skills for better success at work

HR Digest

Interpersonal skills are the ability to effectively communicate with an individual or a group. Hence, along with professional and technical skills, employers are looking for people with highly developed soft skills and interpersonal communication forms an important aspect of it.

Unique Leadership Skills

Coaching Tip

What my research has revealed is that leaders of truly adaptive organizations possess a unique set of skills and thought processes, and simply being strong and successful is not an effective basis for leading and shaping an innovative organization," Dr. Fiona Kerr says. They are trustworthy, have the ability to make complex decisions, a high level of self-awareness, are able to regulate their emotions and stress, have good communication skills and combine analysis with intuitive reasoning.

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Leadership Mindset

Coaching Tip

Some of the lessons are positive: we try to copy effective behavior. It is mindset and beliefs , as much as skills, which differentiate great leaders from merely good managers. Effective leaders are keenly aware of what they are good at and what they are not good at. It takes great self-confidence, self-awareness and humility to admit to not being good at things. High self-awareness allows a leader to focus on his or her signature strengths.

Leaders' Lack of Interaction Skills

Coaching Tip

Most frontline leaders lack the fundamental interaction skills and behaviors required to be effective leaders, according to new trend research taken from a meta-analysis of assessment data from thousands of leaders around the world. At assessment centers , leaders go through simulations and must exhibit behaviors that reflect a leadership position,” said Richard Wellins, Senior Vice President, DDI.

Leadership Interview: Awareness as a Way to Understand Impact

N2Growth Blog

Many new executives come out of business school still unprepared with desired competencies when entering into potential leadership positions. This business intellect is critical to leadership awareness. What are your thoughts on a leader’s awareness of connection?

Your First Leadership Job

Coaching Tip

The authors help those considering leadership positions make the right career choices. Contrary to popular belief, a step up to a leadership position may not be the right decision for many,” states co-author Wellins. Both research and experience show that individuals pressured into taking a leadership role were three times more likely to be dissatisfied and twice as likely to consider quitting than those who voluntarily sought the position.” .

What is Your Life Signature?

Coaching Tip

Powerful countervailing forces appear when we attempt to engineer positive change alone. Spending time on what's important adjusts your focus toward potentially positive outcomes, instead of negative ones. This results in building your innate signature talents into well developed strengths while experiencing a sense of well-being and increased self-awareness. "No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him." James Russell Lowell.

Picking the Right Coach

Coaching Tip

Learn new interpersonal concepts and skills. Maintain a confidential and safe environment to become more self-aware. According to positive psychology expert John Gottman, there is a secret formula in relationships. Gottman’s research revealed that marriages are significantly more likely to succeed when the interactions between the couple are five to one, positive to negative. Skilled coaches help you clarify your developmental, career and life goals.

The Positive Runs Out

The Recovering Engineer

During the training class, I made the point that only positive reinforcements encourage people to give high-level, maximum effort. A class participant challenged me on this point, and our conversation went something like this: Participant: “Are you saying that I have to keep giving people positive reinforcement for their workplace behaviors?&# If you stop giving encouragement, praise, and other positive input to people; eventually the positive runs out.&#

Master the Four Fields of Leadership

Skip Prichard

I particularly enjoyed his focus on leadership starting with self, then relationship, team, and enterprise. The four fields contain the Field of Self, the Interpersonal Field, the Field of Teams, and the Enterprise Field. You say, “Everything starts in the Field of Self.”

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Good Ideas Make It Harder To Be A Great Leader

Tanveer Naseer

By definition, good ideas mean an improvement over the present, a better way of doing things or even better lives.That’s why people who have good ideas expect their leaders to act on them, which creates an instant test of leadership: do you care enough for those around you to do something positive with the idea? The great news is that the required skills can be learned. You cannot change your traits, but you can change your skills and some of your motivations.

Learn to Master the Skills You Need to Lead

Lead from Within

Skills and reputation is incredibly important in leadership. So what skills and attributes should a leader cultivate to build and to master their leadership? Self-awareness. Self-awareness allows you to see your own patterns and consider whether they’re serving you well. Intelligence and technical skills can take you so far, but it’s emotional intelligence that allows you to reach the top. I cannot stress this skill enough.

Both Sides of Leadership

Coaching Tip

One of the most difficult leadership positions in business today is also the most common: the " leader in the middle. " . In his newest book, "SERVE UP COACH DOWN" , Jamail provides a playbook for leaders in the middle detailing just how powerful they are without pretending that their position doesn't require different skills. If you lead people and answer to someone else--a boss, shareholder, customers--you are among the millions of "leaders in the middle.".

Imperfect Leadership

Coaching Tip

Leadership is a skill, similar to playing a musical instrument. The problem is that there are not enough of them to fill all the management positions in all of our organizations. Develop Leadership Skills: A Mobile Reference Guide. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Communication Current Affairs Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work life

Emotional Intelligence Training to Position Yourself for Personal & Organizational Success

Chart Your Course

Developing Emotional Intelligence to Position Yourself for Personal, Team, and Organizational Success. Today we use EI as an integrated set of skills that underpin highly effective, fast-reacting and innovative organizations. Through your active participation, you will learn and practice the EI skills that are the core of achieving personal awareness, connecting with others, managing stress, engaging healthy conflict and collaboration, and exhibiting resilience and optimism.

Violent Leadership

Coaching Tip

It is a positive and energetic pursuit of purpose and success.". Books Business Coaching Communication Current Affairs Ethics Games Leadership Memes Science Self-Awareness Skills Success What is Work life business leader management consultancyBe a force for change, disrupt, innovate, energize. Ferocious competition. Technological advances. Generational differences. Cultural diversity. Political policies and mandates. Economic uncertainty. Constant change. .

Reinventing Yourself

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Positive Psychology. Books Business Coaching Career Health Leadership Memes Personal Life Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work life Happiness learning Optimism pessimistic Positive Psychology salesThere are two kinds of people, asserts author Steve Chandler: victims and owners. . Be an owner.

Hire the Best People

Coaching Tip

Whether you're replacing an employee who's leaving or creating a new position in your organization: ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, HIRE THE BEST PEOPLE takes you step-by-step through the hiring process. Books Business Coaching Career Communication Current Affairs Ethics Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Skills Success Tips What is Work life hiring process job description screening resumes search criteria

Constructive Venting

Coaching Tip

The next time you feel the need to vent, put yourself in the position of the one listening to the diatribe. Somewhere between self-coaching and personal coaching lies self-awareness. With principles based on awareness , forgiveness , strategic application , and follow-through , "YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS PLAN" will teach you: Success is a planned event. Let go of fear and negotiate from a position of strength.

Essential skills for a good hiring manager

HR Digest

The hiring manager needs to be fully equipped to do an effective job, and for that, good recruitment skills training is essential. When advertising for a job be aware of the employment laws and avoid any biased words or statements.

5 Benefits of the Leadership Journey

Skip Prichard

Self-reflection that leads to self-awareness than expands to a deeper understanding of who they are as a human being, what matters to them, and what difference they want to make in the world. You actually discover your true, authentic self.

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Why Emotions Matter In Today’s Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

Of why those in leadership positions need to rely less on their technical competencies and knowledge, and more on how to go about building relationships with those under their care – both to better connect the overarching vision of the organization to the internal needs of their employees, as well as to ensure a clearer understanding of the realities found within their workplace.

How Effective Are You at Using Your Power?

Lead Change Blog

The more power you have, the more able you are to direct, influence, and inspire people to make positive changes. Position Power. You gain power based on your formal position in the organization. Position power allows you to do the following: Reward and Recognize People —Dole out desirable things to employees such as pay increases, bonuses, promotions, public recognition, time off, and opportunities to attend top-tier training programs. Increase your self-awareness.

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The 2 Rare Skills You Need to Be A True Leader

Lead from Within

What skills do these leaders have that allow them to help others become their best? You can learn them and practice them and master them, and go on to help and empower others to exceed their self-imposed limits. First, great leaders have a strong foundation of self-awareness. All great leaders draw strength from a well-built foundation of self-awareness. It’s one thing to understand yourself and to be aware of who you are.

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Get from Good to Great

Coaching Tip

According to a recent survey, 94 percent of hiring managers say an employee with stronger communication skills has a better chance of being promoted to leadership position than an employee with more years of experience but weaker verbal skills. . Books Business Coaching Communication Current Affairs Leadership Memes Self-Awareness Tips Web/Tech What is Work life

Doing What We Were Meant to Do

Coaching Tip

We need to do a good self-examination of our own talents and stop kidding ourselves that we can do or be anything we want. Leadership DNA, Book Two" by Paul Okum shares techniques to identify, select and help natural-born leaders enhance their skills with a wide range of real-world topics and issues. It's becoming clear that people in leadership positions must move toward viewing leadership as an art and not as a science as held by the leadership gurus," Okum said.