The month of April is the performance appraisal season in my office. It is a period in the year that most employees and their managers do not really look forward to. For employees it is when you have to defend your performance over the course of the year and then you realise you had forgotten some objectives. And for the manager it is when you have to give both the good and the bad feedback on your staffs' performance. Many managers wish they could give this task to the Human Resources, sorry the People Management team (the sophisticated and modern term for Personnel Management). An aspect of this performance review is self appraisal; how do you sound your own horn without sounding your own horn?
A few weeks ago I wrote about dealing with weaknesses. Recognising and acknowledging your weaknesses requiries a good dose of self awareness. Channeling your area of strengths for maximum advantage requiries self awareness; an important skill that every leader should acquire and turn into a behavioural trait.
Self-awareness is the recognition of our personality, our
strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes, also understanding why we
behave/act/think the way we do. You will better understand why you feel what
you feel and why you behave as you do, as such be able to take the most appropriate action. That understanding gives you the opportunity and freedom to change
those things you would like to change about yourself and create the life you
want. Having the clarity about who you are and what you want (and why you want it),
empowers you to consciously and actively make those wants a reality. Understanding
our natural personality helps us to shape and mould it to ‘Christ like’
Knowing others is
intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength;
Mastering yourself is true power.
- Tao Te Ching