The Discipline of Self-Awareness


[vimeo id="130361369"] I recently published a book called 9 Disciplines of Enduring Leadership where I discuss nine different disciplines that leaders need in their lives. I’ve shared about a couple of them in previous blog posts such as the discipline of relationships and the disciplines of learning. Today, I want to share with you the discipline of self-awareness.

Now why is self-awareness so important? Well until you understand who you are, you will never be able to help others know who they are, and when you work outside of your area of giftedness, at least two people suffer: you, and the person who really should be doing that task. So here are three ways we can practice being self-aware.

First, we learn about ourselves through reflection. We don’t learn simply by going through an experience; we learn when we reflect on it. Why did this plan succeed? Why am I doing most of the work for this project? What it’s like for other people to encounter me? Are they encouraged, confused, or do they instinctively look to me for leadership?

Second, we can learn about ourselves through self-assessment. There are lots of different self-assessment tests out there such as DiSC or the Meyer-Briggs Personality Inventory. The key to self-assessment is committing to do it periodically. Every time you take a test, there will be outside factors affecting your responses. So don’t just take it once, but go through one or more of these tests every six months or so.

Lastly, we can learn about ourselves through writing. I dedicate a section of my book for the reader to jot down their thoughts as they journey through the chapters. Every person should keep a similar kind of journal. If you don’t journal, find some form of written self-expression to record your thoughts whether it be poetry, stories, or so on. Why does it need to be written? Because it forces you to process and communicate your thoughts in a way that is understandable to others.

Thanks for checking out my blog! If you’re interested in reading more about self-awareness and the other eight disciplines of enduring leadership, follow this link to my new book. Please feel free to share any thoughts or comments below. Thanks again and have a great day!