February 15, 2017 0 comments


Where organisational skills are critical in developing your management , clearly people skills are another major hot topic in developing your leadership. Increasing my own self awareness  (self management) has been a major priority for me during my career.

It is also was one of the main topics of conversation in my coaching and through the Make Learning Better Talking Leadership Series.

Hopefully the video has given you most of the relevant information. My goal is that there are at least three takeaways that resonated and you could use tomorrow!

Below is a brief synopsis of the points from the video

Self-awareness – the key elements

  • Need accurate knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Emotional awareness where you are able to read and understand your emotions and  recognise their impact on work performance and relationships;
  • Self-confidence, where you have a positive and strong sense of your own self-worth.

How do you become more self-aware?

The starting point is to become more self-reflective. The four key elements (via Rachael Robertson)

  • Reflection: look back and play forward, importance of journaling
  • Advice: get frank and fearless feedback
  • Mentoring/Coaching: a professional relationship with someone respected – to develop your skills.
  • Psychometric assessment: to determine your personality profile- specially focussing on your strengths and limitations.

Examples of “free” psychometric tests you can use are

My Personality (free and on-line)

VIA Character Strengths (free and on-line)

Kiersey Personality Profiler (free and on-line)

Self Awareness is the starting point. With awareness comes the responsibility to act on the information and the first step is self management.

Self Management – the key elements.

  • Self-control – keeping negative emotions and impulses under control.
  • Transparency –  maintaining standards of honesty and integrity.
  • Managing yourself and responsibilities – meeting obligations and timelines
  • Adaptability- flexibility in adapting to changing situations also the readiness to seize opportunities.
  • Accountability – setting your own standards – how high do you aim?

Remember increasing your own and your team’s self awareness will result in stronger relationships and better decision making.

In summary keep a journal, identify your stress factors, slow down, always be centred around your principles and remain optimistic.

Thank you for watching and reading.

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If you want more information on what I am planning to do in 2017 then follow the link to the on-line brochure.

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Take care



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