I really enjoyed my conversation with Stephen Shedletzky in episode 33 of The Knowing Self Knowing Others Podcast. I’ve been reflecting on our discussion and how it can help you develop your self-awareness leadership, so here you go….

8 top takeaways to help you develop your self-aware leadership:

1. Take assessments: Assessments such as StrengthsFinder, Spark Type, DISC, Insights, Hogan, and Berkman can provide valuable insights into your strengths and weaknesses. These assessments can help you understand yourself better and identify areas for growth.

2. Seek feedback: Surround yourself with people who provide honest feedback and challenge your perspectives. Actively seek feedback from those around you, including family, friends, and colleagues. Be open to receiving feedback, even if it is uncomfortable, as it can lead to personal and professional growth.

3. Embrace candor with care: Foster a culture of candor where feedback is shared with care and respect. Leaders should remain grounded and open to feedback, promoting an environment where honest and productive conversations can take place.

4. Understand your limitations: Recognize your strengths, weaknesses, and limitations. This self-awareness will enable you to make better decisions, leverage your strengths, and seek support or development in areas where you may need improvement.

5. Reflect on your experiences: Take time to reflect on your experiences and extract lessons from them. Understand how your actions and behaviors impact others and learn from these experiences to improve your self-awareness.

6. Practice empathy: Develop your empathy by deliberately seeking experiences that enhance your understanding of others. Empathy allows you to connect with others on a deeper level and can lead to more effective leadership and relationships.

7. Define your values: Take the time to define and clarify your values. Understand what is important to you and ensure that your actions align with those values. Practice living and breathing these values, making tough decisions based on them.

8. Continuously work on yourself: Recognize that self-awareness is an ongoing journey. Commit to constantly exploring and understanding yourself better, seeking different perspectives, and finding new approaches to personal growth.

By applying these takeaways, listeners can enhance their self-awareness, cultivate better relationships, and become more effective leaders in their personal and professional lives.

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