Do you ever feel like you don’t understand someone? Worse, do you ever find that you can’t fathom why on earth you did what you just did? Many of us don’t understand why we reacted the way we do, feel the bizarre emotions that we can’t seem to control and struggle to make sense of how we tick.
That my dear is why you need to increase your self-awareness!
Over the last few weeks in the Excellence in Leadership series, we have been focusing improving yourself so that you can be an A+ Lady Leader. I’ve asked you to consider the skills you need to work on, to have the impact you desire. These skills hail from The Leadership Circle Profile. This assessment is a 360 tool I use with my Lady Leaders who join the Women with Grit Program.
The Leadership Circle measures a set of well-researched competencies that gauge how leaders achieve results, bring out the best in others, lead with vision, enhance their own development, act with integrity, and encourage and improve organizational systems.
Are they crazy or are you crazy?
We spend a lot of time trying to figure other people out, why they drive us crazy, and how to motivate them. It seems that many of us spend less time trying to grasp what is happening inside of us and how that sways our outer performance, and then how all of that circles around and influences our feelings and moods. Taking the time to do this grows your self-awareness and is a vital skill that effective leaders hone.
You're not crazy - You just need to be more self-aware
To increase your self-awareness, The Leadership Circle has identified four competencies. Developing yourself in these areas will help you to acquire high-level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Yes, this work does require a commitment to ongoing growth and development. If you are up for that, then let’s look at the four areas.
When people stop growing, they tend to lose their zest for life. Being stuck or feeling stagnant or frustrated is often a sign you haven't done enough learning lately. Self-awareness is growing from the inside out. To build your self-awareness, create habits of self-reflective practice such as:
Want to learn more?
You can learn more about increasing your self-awarness by listening to this session.
Then, consider where you need to start by doing the mini assessment found when you download the guide here
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Women leaders often hit a point where they find themselves in over their heads and wondering if they have what it takes to lead.