We are entering week three of this self leadership series and today I’m talking about key #2 to self leadership. Let’s recap…
We can’t lead others without leading our self first. Self leadership is knowing who you are and what you value and letting that drive how you lead others. The first key to self leadership is having clarity around what you VALUE. Great leaders know and lead with their values rather than their wants.
Today, we dive into the second key to self leadership: brutal honesty with yourself. In other words, self awareness. Self awareness is one of most valuable skills of a leader and goes hand in hand with key #1. Self awareness is the conscious knowledge of ones own feelings, motives and desires; it’s an ability to acknowledge our motives and how it might influence our decisions and actions. It’s acknowledgement of your strengths and weaknesses. Moreover it’s the power of self reflection and an ability to own your ego when it shows up and be brutally honest with yourself as to why you feel the way you do.
Self awareness involves deep personal honesty. It comes from asking and answering honest questions. It’s a skill that takes time and personal effort to work but it CAN be developed. Here are 3 ways you can work to become more self-aware:
- Meditate – pause and reflect!
- Write down your key plans and priorities – be honest about what you WANT and WHY.
- Ask a trusted friend for feedback
These are just a few quick tips to become more self-aware. Check out the articles below for more on self-awareness.
Start getting honest with yourself so that you can get honest with others.
Embrace the day!