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Self-Awareness and Self-Leadership

by James Bee Self-awareness Self-awareness is about having an acute perception of you who are and how it relates to your environment. It is a part of you that shows itself at different times and is influenced by situations or your personality. It is also is a process of purposeful examination of yourself and is a vital part of your relationship with other people and you can determine your response to situations. Therefore to manage and organise yourself effectively, it is important that you are aware of, and understand your thoughts and feelings. Self-awareness is a useful tool for developing beneficial relationships, understanding yourself, others and situations and facilitating healing. Self-leadership Self-awareness also helps to improve your listening skills and creates communication that is purposeful and people-centred. In being self-aware, you must always be alert to how your behaviours impact on you and others. Essentially, self-awareness is about having personal confidence and the ability to effectively manage your thoughts and feelings. Self-leadership is about having a sense of direction and a deep understanding of who you are. This also involves knowing what you can do and your limitations along with being able to guide your communications, emotions and behaviours while working towards your aims and goals. Identifying your leadership skills also means understanding self-leadership. Therefore, the foundation of leadership is self-leadership. Strong leadership skills means you can influence higher values in others, extract undiscovered qualities from others, provide vision and identify what is practical. Self -leadership is also critical to improving your experience of healthy relationships and ensuring your well-being is secured. It is also important to acknowledge that your values and beliefs will determine how you behave and act in certain situations. Understanding this will help you not to carry out unsuitable actions or exhibit inappropriate behaviours. So having high values and being consistent in practising them is essential. An important part of self-leadership is taking responsibility, which means having an understanding of your actions and their impact. It means accepting the consequences of your actions and looking to resolve any issues arising from them. Accountability is also is important; this is about acknowledging your competences, knowing your limitations and being responsible for your actions. With all of this, you can also identify your leadership style. Addressing Self-awareness Identify your strength and weakness – things you are capable of; the things struggle to do or are not confident in. Identify your traits (whether positive and negative). Traits are consistent behaviours and attitudes that make up your personality. Ask yourself, “How do my traits help or hinder me?” Remember, we can also learn about ourselves through the eyes of others. Self-awareness Action Plan For example, if your weaknesses are writing and public speaking. My Aim - To develop my public speaking skills and written communication. To keep up with news and current affairs, especially in your area/s of interest. Goal Target - To improve my oral and written communication skills. My Actions - I will listen to and read materials about improving oral communication skills. Practice my new and improved skills. I will invest in books, CDs and other sources or people that aid my grammar, vocabulary, writing and public speaking skills. I will spend more time reading newspapers, magazines, journals, researching, listening to or watching programmes that can aid my development in my areas my of weakness. I will attend a course or activities that aid my writing and public speaking skills. My Actions Time Frame - Three times a week; the schedule decided by the activity or course or as needed. My Targets Review – Every three months. You can adapt this plan to address or improve areas of self-leadership and other areas of self-awareness. Finally, to reach a high level of self-improvement and achievement, you must continue to increase knowledge about yourself and the skills you possess. Continuing self-awareness assessment is also key to personal development. More importantly, you must be focus, which includes doing whatever you do well, recognising and taking your obligations to others seriously. It also means managing your time well and being organised. It is important that you regularly assess your self-awareness and self-leadership. Remember to put an action plan in place. This will equip you to manage situations; achieve your goals and ground you in your confidence and ambitions. Copyright © 2020. All Rights Reserved James Bee

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