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Self-Awareness is Critical (How)

Updated: Oct 3, 2020

Self-awareness is critical to leadership. Here are some ways to achieve it.


Writing – Identify what drives your behaviors, their result, and how they impacted others.


Journaling daily can be tough. Another approach is to record problems as they arise.


Accountability – Record your key plans and priorities and track your progress.


When do you realize greater results? Where are you most proud? Focus on learning from mistakes, not suffering them.


Feedback – Solicit 3-5 supportive yet critical people in your life. Also, consider anonymous reviews (scary but rewarding).


Ask mostly open-ended questions (e.g. “What’s one way I could improve on that project?”) and push for a response.


Counter-arguments – Embrace how others handle their lives and why they make different decisions.


Another way to gain perspective is visiting different places (whether in your area or abroad).


Mindfulness – Try meditation or rely on mundane tasks (e.g. laundry) to clear your mind and think through issues.


Compare major issues now to experience and notice how you persevered and learned.


Some questions to consider appear in the comments.


Growth requires change which requires knowledge. Hopefully, this adds to your growth.

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