This question is one with which many people struggle. On the one hand, you’ve known yourself for your entire life. On the other, studies reported by the American Psychology Association have shown that people’s coworkers are actually better than they are at recognizing how their personality will impact job performance.
Self-awareness is the focus of the first principle in my book, Work That Works. In Principle #1 Leadership Is an Inside Job: Know Yourself, I encourage leaders to explore who they are, what they love and how they can restore balance in a trouble world.
This starts by answering the question: How well do you know yourself?
To know who you are as a leader, you should understand your strengths and where you need to ask others for help.
For this week’s Motivation Monday, I encourage you to consider how well you know yourself. I invite you to set aside an hour in your schedule and reflect on the following thought starters:
- What are your strengths?
- How do you use them?
- Do you readily ask for help?
- Why or why not?
As you discover the answers to these questions and learn where you stand out and where you may need a hand, you will begin to better understand yourself.
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