Maintaining an accurate understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses
What is it?
Self-awareness is the ability to take an accurate inventory of our strengths and weaknesses and to be aware of our emotions in our personal and professional lives.
Why is it important?
With Self-Awareness, we can intentionally capitalize on strengths and work to mitigate weaknesses. Knowing what we’re good at gives us the confidence to tackle new challenges and learn new skills. By contrast, unless we know where we’re deficient, we will rarely be motivated to make changes. Being tenaciously honest about our shortcomings helps us know what we need to work on. There is no shame in having weaknesses, and knowing what they are and working to mitigate them only makes us more credible with peers, coworkers, and direct reports.