Self-awareness is the ability that an individual has of realising all his or her capabilities are how he or she functions in the leadership role that he or she has been assigned. Being aware of who you are through the lenses of leadership requires a lot of scrutinizing of yourself and making sure of all the things that you can and cannot do. It also involves your ability to realise how you react to different stimuli as a leader in an organisation. A leader should always have a very holistic idea about his or her abilities and all the things that he or she can possibly do.
Self-awareness involves the asking of a variety of questions that are directed towards the personality of the person involved. When you are able to properly identify all those key things which come together to make you who you are then and only then can you say you are fully aware of who you are.
In reality, there are certain major areas that must be critically looked at if you are to fully be aware of who you are and what you are capable of doing. These things should always be present in your analysis in order to be sure that you have really taken a very deep and critical look into yourself.
Keep going through the text below and you will at the end get to know of what areas you need to look at which are responsible for self-awareness in a leader.
Emotional self-awareness: This refers to the ability of an individual to realise how he or she reacts to all the things that are related to his or her emotions in his or her capacity as a person and as a leader. Being able to know how you react when presented with a variety of conditions will help you to become aware of your emotions and how they affect the things that you do. Our emotions have a way of affecting our actions and these effects can either be positive or negative depending on how the person concerned tends to react to such situations. It is your duty as a leader and as an individual to take a very holistic look into your emotions and find out what makes you to react angrily so that you can try to avoid such things and to also find out those things that pushes you on to perform and react really well in order to push towards such things. Whatever it is that generates a good emotional response within you should be encouraged and those things that are known to make you edgy and less friendly to be with should be totally avoided or lasting solutions found to them.
Accurate self-assessment: This involves taking stock of all the things that you are capable of doing and those that you cannot do. This area is mainly concerned with identifying what your fears are and how you tend to deal with those fears. It is also related to how you tend to live your life and the decisions or choices that you make on a daily basis. In trying to accurately assess yourself, you need to be very truthful to yourself so that you will have a clear impression of what really ticks you and what makes you go hay-wire. Identification of the limits that you can also reach under pressure and your normal performance levels are all included in accurately assessing yourself which is an essential feature of total self-awareness.
Self-confidence: Being confident in yourself does not mean taking decisions without first trying to find out what will be expected of you. It is more like first finding the depth of a river before jumping in so that you do not get drowned when you realise that it is very deep. Confidence is a way of saying that you believe in what you want to do or what you are doing and it is mainly due to the fact that you have really considered everything that relates to the task you want to accomplish. This area tasks you to identify the level of confidence that you do have in your own self and how positive you are of yourself. This will help you realise how committed you will be towards the achievement of the goals that you and the other group members have set in those situations when the going gets tough and a person with great self-belief is needed to help boost the belief of the others.
These are the three main areas needed in self-awareness creation.
About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.