Effective leadership requires individuals to draw upon their values, strengths and capabilities to deliver high standards of service and performance. And while there are many core competencies of leadership, self-awareness is one of the most important components to being a vastly successful leader.
Self-awareness is found by looking for insight into your own values, principles, assumptions, and energy, as well as being able to learn from your experiences. I call this self-awakening “Leadership 360,” and it involves exploring and bringing energetic awareness to your personal, professional, and spiritual existence. By developing this awareness, you’re able to lead authentically and with confidence – knowing who you are and what you stand for. It gives you the perspective you need to better manage yourself, while also taking into account the needs and priorities of others.
Building self-awareness requires continuing your personal development and being a life-long learner. To begin, participate in continuing education workshops for professionals, self-awareness assessments, and training. Take time to reflect on who you really are, and determine how you want to show up in the world. Identify any blind spots that may be holding you back, and hold yourself accountable for developing a self-awareness action plan and becoming the leader you’re meant to be.