Learn to develop self-awareness.
"It is wisdom to know others; It is enlightenment to know one's self."
– Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher.
Have you ever worked with someone who had great self-awareness?
This person never said thoughtless things, considered the needs and feelings of others, took responsibility for her mistakes, was humble about her strengths, and was aware of how her words and actions affected others. Put simply, this person was great to work with!
Self-awareness is one of the most important qualities that you can have as a leader, and developing self-awareness is important in both your personal and professional life.
In this article we'll look at self-awareness in more detail, and we'll explore how you can develop yours.
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Rath, T. and Conchi, B. (2008) Finding Your Leadership Strengths; Why Effective Leaders Must Possess a High Level of Self-Awareness. Gallup Management Journal. December 2008. (Available here.)