Self-Conscious vs. Self-Aware Leaders

Self-Aware leaders are able to bring their best selves to work while also bringing out the best in others. Self-conscious leaders are more absorbed with themselves and less effective as leaders.

Self-Conscious Leaders

  • are concerned about how they appear to others
  • need to please or satisfy others
  • are unaware of how their behavior impacts others
  • are regularly looking for affirmation
  • are hyper sensitive to criticism
  • interpret mistakes as failures
  • have inconsistent boundaries
  • interpret disagreement as a personal attack
  • struggle to incorporate constructive criticism
  • are more influenced by self-esteem

Self-Aware Leaders

  • know how they function and why they do what they do
  • have an internal compass
  • understand how others are impacted by their behavior
  • don’t brag about strengths and don’t beat themselves up over weaknesses
  • are curious about differences and disagreements
  • have healthy, consistent boundaries
  • embrace constructive criticism and feedback
  • interpret mistakes as opportunities
  • are more influenced by self-efficacy

How to a become a more self-aware leader

  • Take the Process Communication Model assessment to learn about your personality, strengths, weaknesses, and motivations.
  • Reflect on what’s important to you and how it impacts your behavior.
  • Take a stand, take action, make a mistake, learn, get back up.
  • Do a 360 assessment of your behavior and performance.
  • Say “thank you,” when receiving feedback, positive or negative.

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