The research suggests that people who are more self-aware are more motivated and can become better leaders. However, self-awareness is usually misunderstood.
In an HBR article, Sarah Eurich articulates two type self awareness.
- Internal self-awareness which represent how clearly we see our own values, goals, strengths, areas of development, etc…
- External self-awareness which represent how others perceive us in the context of these factors.
Of course, knowing ourselves is a hard process that can be complicated and overwhelming, but the when we start realizing how others see us, we start discovering our blind spots and learning more about ourselves.
The results are nicely articulated in the article which you can access here.
If you have not yet taken a step towards self-discovery, a good way to start is by reaching out to those who you really trust will give you an honest feedback and ask them to answer two questions about you. Ask them:
- What is the one thing that I am really, ridiculously amazing at?
- What is the one thing that I have to work on and develop that will make me a better person?
You will be amazed with what people who you trust and know you well could say. The more people you reach to, the more insights you will have.
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