To Thine Own Self Be True

What’s your superpower? Your kryptonite? How quickly could you answer those questions? This simple three-step guide to becoming self-aware from The Harvard Business Review doesn’t just talk about how important self-awareness is (that’s not a new insight), it talks about how to actually accomplish it. Great leaders don’t only Notice those around them, they Notice themselves through the careful practice and cultivation of self-awareness.

To boil it down, self-awareness really only requires three simple steps:

  1. We must understand our own makeup–our personalities, our strengths, and our habits.
  2. We must make a focused effort to observe our decisions and decision-making processes. What do we discover upon making these (sometimes difficult) observations?
  3. We must turn awareness outwards and use it as a tool for team building. When we know what our strengths and weaknesses are, we can better fill in the gaps on our teams.

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