Do you understand what it means to be self-aware? To be truly self-aware means to be conscious of your own character, feelings, motives, and desires. Being self-aware also helps you to understand your strengths and weaknesses and how to manage them in the workplace.
When you become more self-aware in the workplace, you relate better to your colleagues, direct reports, and superiors creating a healthier work environment. You can bring more objectivity into problem solving and the role you may be playing in creating them.
So how can you become more self-aware in the workplace?
Behavioral Assessments. Behavioral assessments are a great way to gain insight into who you are and why you behave the way you do. They help explain what makes you tick. Some, like The Predictive Index, also give you guidance on changes you can make in the workplace to increase your performance.
Ask for Informal Feedback. Similar to a 360 review, asking for feedback from colleagues, direct reports, and your superiors provides insight into how others see you.
Journal. Keep track of your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Seeing a pattern in what you are writing will help you understand your drives and emotions better.
Meditate Daily. Taking yourself out of the moment and reflecting inward will increase your awareness in situations. It is a way to monitor your thoughts and feelings throughout the day as different situations arise.
Becoming more self-aware helps you become a better leader, even if you are only leading yourself.