To be a great leader you need to spend half your time building yourself and your skill sets. “Self-awareness has the power to build within us a sense of comfort and security that nothing else can”, says Matthew Parker Indiana, a motivational speaker. In understanding ourselves, we are able to empathize with others and take greater attempt at improving ourselves.
There are a number of aspects of our lives that we need to be aware of.
1. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? In other words, do you get energized dealing with people or do you get drained? Some people can’t stand crowds, while others can’t do without them. By the way, both are fine. One isn’t necessarily better than the other.
2. You need to understand your personality. Are you strong willed and opinionated, chatty and sunny, relaxed and easy going or are you sensitive and thoughtful? Our personalities shape how we deal with people and even the careers we are best suited for.
3. You need to understand your gifting. Are you musically gifted or mathematically talented? Are you more sports oriented or bookish? Maybe you could even be a people’s person or very organizational. Talents are innate abilities that shape the activities that we carry out most easily.
4. You need to take stock of your skills. These are the knowledge or understanding that comes with schooling. It could be commerce, arts, social sciences, medicine or a host of other disciplines. We are best able to succeed when our skills complement our gifts.
5. What are your life experiences. Where did you go up? What was it like growing up there? What kind of a family did you have? Our life experiences heavily influences how we view life outside the home. “Most great leaders possess an amazing level of self-awareness”, says Matthew Parker Indiana. It is the distinguishing quality that enables leaders to make good judgments day in and day out.