You cannot manage yourself unless you know yourself. Self-awareness is the pathway to professional and personal success and is the cornerstone of effective leadership. You can adapt your leadership style as necessary only when you know yourself inside out.
“Self-awareness is a never-ending journey. There is no quota for self-awareness. It’s a tank that can always be filled up more. The key is knowing with confidence where you are, where you’re going, and how you’re improving with every opportunity that presents itself.” Eisenstaedt (2019)
We spend about 75% of our sleepless time communicating (or preparing a message), and according to experts our ability to communicate determines 85% of our success in life. If one cannot communicate a vision, task or objective to people from different cultures who have a different way of communicating, then all other attempts at leadership are useless. According to Warren Buffet, the only diploma he hangs in his office is the Communications Diploma he got from Dale Carnegie. Without good communication skills you won't be able to convince people to follow you even though you see over the mountain and they don’t, he says.
Nothing important and nothing great gets done alone. Leaders need to manage relationships effectively to get jobs done through people. Social awareness is your ability to understand what is really going on with people’s thinking and feeling, and respond in a manner most suitable. These skills ensure you stay focused and absorb critical information even in the most challenging and stressful situations.
Leadership is not that title on your business card. Leadership is a matter of the head and the heart. It is a mix of your ability to understand yourself, your skillfulness to effectively communicate with those around you, and your mastery to forge meaningful relationships that get you the desired results.
Good leaders inspire positive transformation and bring out the best in those around them. They are centred on the higher purpose of business and care for the people who create value for the organisation’s stakeholders. They consciously create a culture of trust and care. They are curious and pursue lifelong learning.