Become a better leader through self-awareness — 2018 study

What is self-awareness?

What does self-awareness have to do with leadership?

You are not working with machines, you are working with people.

Self-awareness in leadership — 4-year research

Here are the 3 most important conclusions of the self-awareness study as detailed by Dr. Eurich:

  1. There Are Two Types of Self-Awareness
  2. Experience and Power Hinder Self-Awareness
  3. Introspection Doesn’t Always Improve Self-Awareness

1. There are two types of self-awareness: Internal self-awareness — External self-awareness

  • Values;
  • Passions;
  • Aspirations;
  • Fit with your environment;
  • Thoughts;
  • Feelings;
  • Behaviors;
  • Strengths;
  • Weaknesses;
  • Impact on others.

We’ve found that internal self-awareness is associated with higher job and relationship satisfaction, personal and social control, and happiness; it is negatively related to anxiety, stress, and depression.

Dr. Tasha Eurich

For leaders who see themselves as their employees do, their employees tend to have a better relationship with them, feel more satisfied with them, and see them as more effective in general.

Dr. Tasha Eurich

Dr. Eurich and her team identified four leadership archetypes, each with a different set of opportunities to improve:

  1. The Introspectors;
  2. The Seekers;
  3. The Aware;
  4. The Pleasers.
  • Don’t fall into the trap of valuing internal self-awareness over external self-awareness or the other way around;
  • You need to actively work on both of them: seeing yourself clearly and getting feedback to understand how others see you.

2. Experience and Power Hinder Self-Awareness

Even though most people believe they are self-aware, only 10–15% of the people we studied actually fit the criteria.

3. Introspection Doesn’t Always Improve Self-Awareness

“What” questions help us stay objective, future-focused, and empowered to act on our new insights.

Conclusions

To become a better leader through self-awareness you need to do the following:

  • Focus on building both internal and external self-awareness;
  • Seek honest feedback from loving critics;
  • Ask what instead of why.

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