Emotional Intelligence

Heather: The secrets to developing self awareness

The most foundational skill to becoming an emotionally intelligent leader: Self-awareness

Did you know self-awareness is the most important foundational skill to becoming an emotionally intelligent leader?

Let me ask you this: Do you ever feel like you are operating on auto-pilot? Just powering through your to-do lists barely being present for your colleagues and other important people in your life? Or have you ever been told about a blind spot in a performance review? We've all been there.

But here's the good news. Self-awareness – knowing yourself – is a learned skill and critical to becoming a high-performance leader. It can make a huge impact on your performance leadership and wellbeing.

So how can you get started? Here are two valuable tips and practices for you:

Number One:

Develop a mindfulness practice. This could be as simple as spending a few minutes a day bringing your attention to your breath. Research has found that a simple focused breathing practice each day can help reduce stress and strengthen important brain centres responsible for greater focus, self-awareness and making wise choices. No one ever thinks they need a mindfulness practice, but once you get started you won't regret it.

Number Two:

Get to know your strengths – what makes you uniquely you. The Gallup organisation has done some outstanding research on the power of knowing and applying our strengths to develop your full leadership potential. Get to know yours and you will likely find that when you put your strengths to work more often, you will enjoy your work more and operate in a high-performance state.

These are two valuable tips that will help you develop your self-awareness – one of the core foundations for being an emotionally intelligent leader. And this will truly help you develop your full leadership potential.

Last #toptip

My last tip is to make sure you've got access to our super handy app called High-Performance Leadership. It's free to download and it's jam-packed full of bite-sized leadership courses on a whole range of topics, brought to you from the best coaches and leaders globally. You can find my courses on there (Emotional Intelligence), plus Financial Wellbeing, Being an Energised Leader and Your Personal Branding. Pretty much it's like having your own personal advisory board on demand!


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