Maintaining a clear idea of your own strengths and weaknesses
WHAT IS IT?
Those who are self-aware understand their own personal qualities, strengths, and weaknesses. They neither under nor over-estimate aptitudes, meaning they are neither sheepish nor arrogant. Self-awareness is an individualized, reflective arm of emotional intelligence. Many of the resources given here will cover self-awareness within the context of emotional intelligence (EQ).
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Socrates famously said, “Know thyself,” and many a great thinker has posited that self-knowledge is a prerequisite to knowledge of others and of the world. Leaders who display Self-Awareness are capable of both leading from experience and of asking for help when necessary. They can intentionally capitalize on strengths and work to mitigate weaknesses. These skills also makes them more credible with peers, coworkers, and direct reports.