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Secret to learning the difference between your “super-powers”and your “kryptonite.”
Two words: self awareness.
Great article from HBR.org: How leaders become self-aware. Some excerpts.
- The conviction (and yes, often ego) that leaders need for their vision makes them less than optimally wired for embracing vulnerabilities or leading with humility.
- Test and know yourself better. Take personality tests that facilitate self-reflection. Understanding what core traits drives your decisions and attitude is most important for increasing the probability for success
- Watch yourself and learn. Warren Buffett, for example, has made it a habit for years to write down the reasons why he is making an investment decision and later look back to see what went right or wrong.
- Be aware of others, too. The best teams are rarely made up of similar types. On the contrary, they are composed of a diversity of excellence.
- The trinity of self-awareness: know thyself, improve thyself and complement thyself.
- Easier said than done. Why? Because people don’t always commit to stand in the face of truth. Intellectual honesty, rigorous commitment and active truth-seeking are sine qua non to any self-awareness process.
- Self-reflection and its reward of self-awareness cannot be passive exercise.
- There is a reason why in rehabilitation programs the starting point is being aware enough to admit you have a problem. So, too, is the case in business leadership and personal development.