(This is part 3 of the “Selfie” series. Read part 2 here.)
The greater your self-awareness, the more likely you will have success. Think I just made that up? Check this out from Forbes Magazine, citing research related to 72 companies ($50 million to $5 billion public and private companies):
“Leadership searches give short shrift to ‘self-awareness’, which should actually be a top criterion. Interestingly, a high self-awareness score was the strongest predictor of overall success. This is not altogether surprising as executives who are aware of their weaknesses are often better able to hire subordinates who perform well in categories in which the leader lacks acumen. These leaders are also more able to entertain the idea that someone on their team may have an idea that is even better than their own.”
3 Reasons Self-Awareness Matters
Why do you suppose this is? There are many reasons, but let me mention three. One, leaders who are not self-aware can charge forward without an army, sidelining others who could have helped them succeed. Second, is that employees (or teammates or family members) are regularly on the receiving end of brute forcefulness which denigrates them so they no longer bring their best. Lastly, their individual quirkiness, which can hamper their influence, is never addressed.
The research is clear that the “soft” skill of self-awareness is what is behind the hard results of success. Leaders who ignore it undermine their accomplishment, their well-being, and the well-being of those around them.
My pitch: I can lead you–or anyone you know–through a four-hour in -person or online Self-Awareness process. We call it a Mini-Leader Intensive, and it costs $1,500. You will be astounded at your breakthrough, and how it leads you to the best seasons of your life.