Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

Do you understand your own individuality? Do you get what makes you unique? Have you come to understand what motivates you and what is most important in your life?

All of these are BIG questions, and they typically aren’t questions people ask us very often. When was the last time you thought about who you are, what you do, and why you do it?

Effective leaders seek to understand themselves. They recognize that developing self-awareness is a lifelong journey, and they know that in order to lead effectively, they need to have a deep level of self-awareness.

Self-awareness is defined as “the capacity for introspection and the ability to reconcile oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals.”

As a leader, how much time and energy have you invested in coming to a better understanding of yourself? Are you committed to your growth as a leader?


“Awareness is not a giver of solace – it is just the opposite. It is a disturber and an awakener.”
~ Robert Greenleaf

This quote serves as a powerful reminder that becoming more self-aware can be a challenging process. It can awaken us to realities about ourselves that disturb us; it can bring forth ideas about how and why we need to grow. And perhaps most importantly, it can remind us that leaders choose to lead. The best leaders choose to invest time, effort, and energy in becoming the best version of themselves because they want to lead to the best of their ability. Are you a self-aware leader?

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