Saturday, November 29, 2014

Self-Awareness Mind: Know Thyself

A self-awareness mind continues to practice reflective thinking.

We are all on the journey to self-awareness; some simply have a greater recognition of being on that road. There are different kinds of leaders and thus different forms of leadership. The one constant is the need to begin by leading oneself.

A self-awareness mind continues to practice reflective thinking: Better understand yourselves and how knowing who you are and your own style of influence affect how you respond and interact with not only your team but also your surroundings. Knowing oneself comes from the practice of actively and intentionally being present to relate to, see all the different parts of oneself and how they operate. Out of this comes a beautiful thing, the freedom of choice. Once being mindful of the ability to choose, and not being bantered about by habitual emotions and reactive thought, the ability to lead in a conscious and helpful way is possible. No one is in this all the time, but the greatest asset is willingness and sincerity in this great endeavor.

Knowing who you are or being self-awareness, allows you to become better leaders. Knowing who you are and how you react and respond in different situations can help you understand and improve the cognitive, relational and assertive actions you take on a day to day basis. Self-awareness mind helps you build on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. It also allows you to leverage that knowledge to increase the influential outreach for the betterment of others. It provides clarity, versatility, gives you directional opportunities for personal growth and helps you avoid personal deception.

Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and be aware of how you impact others and your environment. It is crucial to getting to understand yourself and how others perceive you. Additional, carve out time with some regular cadence to reflect on what, and how, you have been doing lately. Set aside time daily, weekly or monthly and truly take a step back to reflect. Ask yourself questions that focus on know thyself and continuously practice on how to strengthen your strength, also not make your weakness become the obstacle to stop you from moving forward or leading effectiveness.

Leadership authentication comes from the good combination of self-awareness mindset, the color of the character and intuitive gut/heart feeling. Know thyself is the reflective thinking to enforce effective leadership and best practice to harness management discipline.


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