Self-awareness is a key component of effective leadership. It’s difficult to modify our behavior and its effect on others, if we fail to objectively make observations about how we react in challenging situations. Improving our ability to recognize our emotional reactions in real time allows us to then make a rational plan going forward.
All efforts of looking inward to understand ourselves well is a positive step. There are, however, some self-awareness strategies that are more effective than others. As Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life,points out that introspection and insight are two different avenues of self-awareness that can create very different results.