The self awareness journey is a life long endeavor. There are some strengths in us that we have not even discovered because we have not yet experienced the things that would bring these out, likewise weaknesses.There are abilities that we have now that are so obvious and we can easily see these as our strenghts. There are skills that we have struggled for so long to master but just would not seem to get right. Tell me about it. I am yet to see the voice maestro that can turn my singing voice to rival Cece Winans!
Apart from understanding our strengths and weaknesses, self awareness can help us to better understand our personality type. This include how we communicate and the impact of this on other people. Communication is the key link between people, whether verbal or non verbal. Poor communication have been the source of many conflicts. It is easy to interprete what people are saying to what you want to hear. You might think the person you are talking to understands exactly what you mean but the person is interpreting it wrongly! Then you end up with a situation of 'I never said that!', 'yes you did!' Communication has an impact on people. Carl W. Buechner, the author said people may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel. Effective communication is a key leadership skill that must learnt and perfected in order to understand and be understood.
When a leader understands their own personality and character traits, they are able to understand that people are different; everyone has a value and unique qualities. A leader that understands their own limits, value people's differences and appreciate diversity. They are able to adapt their style as necessary to enhance their inter personal relationships and maximise the different strengths that people bring in any given situation.
A leader who impacts their world positively has self awareness in abundance. They can relate to anyone and they adapt to any situation seamlessly.
How self-aware are you? How do you impact the world around you and why?
'Leadership first commandment; Know Thyself!'
Harvard Business Review - Dec 2001