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Self-awareness in leadership can be an elusive pursuit.
Great leaders show an awareness of themselves and how it impacts others around them in and outside their organization, whether it is in their industry, the business world at large, or their personal lives.
When it comes to self-awareness, most people would claim you either have it or you don’t. While this is true, those that are self-aware come in varying degrees. Understanding the levels of self-awareness can help leaders know their current state and how they can develop from there.
Having an awareness and desire to improve is always the measure of the best in leadership.Tweet
The 3 levels of Self-Awareness are:
- Aware But Don’t Care. These types of leaders know about their general behavior, but either don;t see or don’t care that their behaviors impact others. They ignore there is anything wrong and don’t admit there is any opportunity for development. Usually leaders on this level are somewhat ignorant they have areas to grow while having a general base knowledge that they exist. They are like a person who knows they need exercise but never pursues any steps towards getting in shape and never thinks about it consciously either.
- Aware But Justify Behavior. This level is comprised of people who won’t change their actions and attitudes. These leaders know full well of their shortcomings and how they impact others, but often resort to “That’s just who I am!” or “I can’t operate like that.” “Can’ts” in their vocabulary are actually “won’ts”. They sometimes hide behind a guise of being authentic to defend their behaviors. At the end of the day, these are leaders who will not make an effort to enhance their leadership style to maximize the impact to those around them.
- Aware To Make Needed Changes. Leaders who have attained this level not only are aware of the need to make changes, they desire to make those changes to develop into a more impactful and influential leader. They not only possess a keen sense of others macro- and micro-reactions to their actions, but also have a true passion to grow and enhance their skills. In addition, these leaders tend to be true servant leaders, focused on others instead of self, and how they can better attune their style to meet the needs of the people in their organization.
The more one progresses through the different levels of self-awareness to a true state of making needed changes, the better impact they will have on their organization, their teams, and themselves as well.
Having an awareness and desire to improve is always the measure of the best in leadership.
How can you become more self-aware and genuinely make needed change?
Although integrity is a sought after business trait, it still eludes many leaders and organizations.
In 2019 the Global Ethics Summit sought to break new ground on business integrity. With more transparency and light shed on corruption, harassment, risk assessment and employee mental health, there is still a shortfall on meeting the basic standards for integrity in business as a whole.
Fortunately, that can change quite easily. If each leader could wholeheartedly adopt a few simple practices, and truly made this a part of their leadership DNA, without facade or pretense, we could quite possibly see a transformation in the workplace globally.
These steps of integrity may seem simplistic, but have a complexity of impact that cannot be duplicate apart from it.Tweet
Consider the impact these simple and powerful behaviors would have on your people, business associates and your organization:
Don’t Spread Negativity. In a fast-paced and competitive business climate, it’s quite normal to see people talk ill of others – colleagues, bosses, competitors and industry leaders. All in an effort to build ourselves up by tearing others down. we telegraph our weakness both individually and as a company. Instead, we should talk favorably about others, and work to differentiate ourselves in what we do best. It shows honesty to your customers, and shows others you respect their contributions in the company or industry,
Be Transparent. So-called conventional wisdom in business says not to admit mistakes, show weakness, or reveal a customer any concerns. This mentality inevitably leads to lying, cover-ups and blame-shifting. By taking accountability, and admitting errors, we can deepen others trust in our ability to lead and recover through good and challenging situations. Also, customers and employees are demanding more transparency in business, and leaders who embrace this through sharing information and being open book in all areas of their company will engender trust and longer retention of both your clients and team members.
Be Accountable and Set The Example. It’s not enough to walk the talk. Leaders need to talk the talk instead of passive aggressive suggestions, unclear expectations, and negative intent. What you tolerate in yourself as a leader is what your generate in your team behaviors. Also, making yourself accountable for your actions to peers and employees will help you stay aligned with what you profess to support in your cultural values. Examples and accountability go both ways, and as scary as it is to embrace this concept, it actually helps you to be a better and more purposeful leader.
Respect Everyone, Always. If everyone felt valued and respected in the workplace, lost time due to physical and mental illness would decrease, retention would increase, productivity would soar, and less errors would creep into the work. Employees and customers are pretty astute at sensing and knowing when someone isn’t truly respectful to them, so it makes zero sense to treat others disingenuously. People that feel truly respected and valued for their contribution and input will be more loyal to those leaders and companies.
Place Others Before Yourself. What if your customers and staff knew that you viewed them as the reason for your being in business, or being in the role that you’re in? That they are your purpose, not your means to an end? When a leader truly cares for their employees and their customers first, and not their pay, bonus or perks, they show a rare integrity level that is still not common. Just like Simon Sinek’s video about how good military leaders are trained to sacrifice self for others safety and security, business leaders can learn a lot about creating loyalty with integrity.
These steps of integrity may seem simplistic, but have a complexity of impact that cannot be duplicate apart from it.
If each leader could wholeheartedly adopt a few simple practices, and truly made integrity a part of their leadership DNA, without facade or pretense, we could quite possibly see a transformation in the workplace globally.Tweet
While our consumers and staff are looking for it, and our digital age is making our actions more transparent, one can make enormous strides in bringing change to the workplace in both the micro and macro environments.
Many people have created, or are creating, their resolutions or goals for the coming year.
Sales, health, increased net worth and network, financial manuevers and areas to improve one’s personal and professional development are usually among the many that people list out in anticipation of a fresh start in a new year.
And most resolutions, and many goals, fall short for a variety of reasons. Much of it has to do with being too ambitious instead of more focused.
Having goals that impact the varied areas of your personal and professional life are necessary. But could they be more impactful if you also chose one goal, one mission, one state of being that had a thread through all of your goals and carried you through the next year?
Think if you will of a person who has the following resolutions for next year: personal development (reading, podcasts), making sales goals (prospects, sales, quotas), better communication, increased network, reduced stress and regular exercise. This seemingly normal amount of goals can also be at odds with competing forces in one’s life as the new year unfolds.
But if another goal, or a core focus, was given to tie these together, say the goal of personal planning, how could this focus impact the other goals in their life?
This focus could take on significant impact in the other goals. If the individual took 20 minutes in their morning routine for just personal planning, they could set the actions needed daily and weekly to make a strategy for attaining the other goals.
Going even deeper, part of the planning focus could be 10 minutes stretching every morning, or meditating, or in prayer, or mind mapping. The mental refreshment and clarity this creates could resonate throughout everything that this person does in their day. This could also meet some of their goals for health, mental acuity and reducing stress.
With a common thread of focus that you commit to never deviate from, you can create a disciplined synergy within yourself that might make this your best year yet.
Find the focus. Connect the dots through your goals. Make that your mission for the new year and see how your goals become easier to attain.