Self-awareness is a critical requirement for an effective leader. It gives you the ability to develop a sense of purpose that will flow through into your leadership. You need to truly understand yourself in order to be able to understand what you need from your team. These top tips will help you to develop your self-awareness.
DOCUMENT YOUR GOALS
By writing down your goals and priorities, you can clarify your thoughts. It also gives you the opportunity to come back to them at a later time and review and assess how well you have done.
TAKE A PSYCHOMETRIC TEST
There are many psychometric tests available, and several of them have similar premises. All will help you to understand more about yourself and how you may be perceived by others. Zing 365 offers an Insights Discovery Profile as part of its comprehensive range of extra services.
ASK FOR FEEDBACK
People tend to be wary of asking for feedback; we tend to be concerned we may hear something bad about ourselves. However, we may have ‘blind spots’, behaviours we are not aware of, that we can only uncover through feedback.
ASK YOUR FRIENDS
If you have friends who you can trust to be honest with you, ask them about your strengths and weaknesses as they perceive them. If you know you have an annoying habit, ask them to mention to you when you are doing it, to help you improve.
Consider meditation. It doesn’t have to be a formal process; there are many apps available that claim to help you meditate. Meditation is an opportunity to exist in the moment and can help clear your mind of clutter.
Give yourself time to reflect on a regular basis. This may be a few minutes thought at the end of the day, it may be writing in a diary. If you can go back through the day and consider what went well, and what you could have done differently, this gives you an opportunity to become aware of patterns in your behaviour that may not be effective.
By taking time out from the rest of the world and focusing exclusively on a physical activity, you can help your brain process what has been happening in the day, and you may find you come back to the situation with more perception.
UNDERSTAND YOUR OWN STORY
Know who you are and where you came from. Try to understand what has shaped your character, where have your passions and fears come from? If you can understand this, you are on the right track to developing your self-awareness.