14 Feb Do you know your Blind Spots?
Self-awareness is one of the most powerful insights when it comes to leadership and dealing with people. Not only that, but it will also help you to step into your full potential and achieve great results.
Studies show that nearly 90 % of people believe they are self-aware, but only 15% of us actually walk the talk.
I recently read of a great analogy in “The Science of Dream Teams”, the recent book of Mike Zani. It is about the writing on the front and the back of your shirt. On the front, everyone, including yourself, can see what’s written on it. On the back of your shirt, you have no clue what people are seeing.
How do we become more self-aware? By surrounding yourself with people that call you out!
For that reason, I have a fantastic crew around me. Whether it is my husband who has been in business for 20 years, or my business- or life coach, who show me different ways of looking at things. When it comes to professional and personal development, it is the number one denominator of successful and consistent people.
Self-aware and proactive people have the ability to lead their team to peak performance and encourage a culture of transparency and contribution.
The front of your shirt may say things like the achievement in your career or how people love your sense of humour. However, what you may not see are things like ego interfering with decision making, poor or inconsistent listening, the list goes on.
But how many of us can handle it without falling into self-defensive responses and attitudes?
The key is to be open and to entertain the thought that these things are not to criticise you, but to help you become a better leader, more successful in your career and better equipped for situations that require difficult decision making. Imagine yourself observing the conversation, rather that being part of it. This tactic helps me every time when I face a difficult discussion that involves me being called out.
Do you know what’s on the back of your shirt?
Ashley Cheeseman (aka Cheese), a great friend, coach, and confidant, has developed a business that helps you find your blind spots. Strategic Self-Awareness has helped me find mine and the teachings continue to deliver great outcomes for myself and my business.
Continue to improve yourself and everything and everyone around you will continue to grow and prosper.