If you lack self-awareness, the writing could be on the wall.
Being self-aware means being in tune with your mood, motivations, and strengths and weaknesses. And it’s crucial for future leaders. You have to be self-aware and understand your own emotions before you can lead and motivate others.
Here are four questions to ask yourself to see if you are self-aware. These questions highlight four signs that you might not be as self-aware as you think:
- Are you constantly defensive? Getting feedback is a part of work and life. But if you treat every piece of feedback as a personal attack and feel like you constantly have to defend yourself and your positions, you aren’t self-aware.
- Are you constantly micromanaging? Leaders who lack self-awareness are constantly hovering over their employees and asking them little questions. Self-aware leaders trust their employees and are confident that they have good people on their team.
- Do you have a reputation of being a bully? People might not say it to your face, but you may have a reputation of being overpowering. Bullies lack self-awareness because they don’t fully realize how their words and actions affect other people.
- Do you constantly make excuses? If you have to make excuses for why things aren’t getting done or the quality isn’t there, you likely aren’t self-aware. Self-aware people understand their talents and abilities and can make promises and deliver accordingly.
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It may take some vulnerability, but be honest with yourself as you think about these questions.
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it’s time for a serious self-reflection and to add more self-awareness into your daily life.
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