Leader, know thyself

The secret to motivating others lies in understanding yourself

“The more you practice emotional self-awareness, the easier it becomes.”

How well do you understand your own emotions and their effect on your performance? Emotional Self-Awareness is being able to take an objective look at what you are feeling and why, and it’s one of the attributes of great leadership.

Leaders with good Emotional Self-Awareness can use positive leadership styles that motivate and inspire everyone on the team. Korn Ferry research found that among leaders with multiple strengths in Emotional Self-Awareness, 92% had teams with high energy and high performance, prepared to maximize every opportunity.

The 10-step roadmap to becoming emotionally self-aware:

  1. Connect with your emotions, understand what drives them
  2. Sense how others see you, learn how you impact on them
  3. Align your self-image with a larger reality
  4. Be objective about your strengths and limitations
  5. Foster a realistic sense of self-confidence
  6. Be clear on your values
  7. Connect with your sense of purpose
  8. Set a course of action. Be decisive
  9. Be candid and authentic
  10. Speak with conviction

Emotional Self-Awareness isn’t something that you achieve once and then forget about. You must make a determined choice to check in with your feelings as often as possible

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