Self-awareness, a powerful transformation agent

Self-awareness is a force sometimes misunderstood behind great leaders, and a powerful agent of transformation for all human beings.
What is self-awareness?
Self-awareness is:
– Have a deep knowledge of one’s emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, values ​​and motivators, limits and thresholds of tolerance.
– Pay particular attention to one’s actions, thoughts, emotions and feelings and relate them to their context and environment at every moment.
– Have the ability to observe oneself with the utmost objectivity and realism – without being either very critical or overly hopeful.
Self-awareness is not narcissism, on the contrary. Self-awareness naturally leads to the consciousness of others and the improvement of relationships with others.
What characterizes conscious people?
They are candid and confess how their emotions affect them, affect others and affect their performance at work. They can therefore act accordingly. For example, someone who knows that working with very short deadlines puts them in a chaotic state will arrange to better plan their time and finish their work in advance. For another person, self-awareness can enable him or her to work with a demanding client. She will understand the impact the client has on her mood and the deeper reasons for her frustration. She can relativize, focus on the work to be done and transform her anger into something constructive.
They know where they are going and why. Their decisions are aligned with their values. They will know how to refuse a position that does not correspond to their principles and their long-term goals even if it is financially attractive.
They are frank and admit their mistakes or failures and can tell them with humor.
They are comfortable talking about their strengths and limitations and have a thirst for constructive criticism. They do not see the need for improvement as a threat or a failure, but as an opportunity to move forward.
They demonstrate confidence in themselves; they have a good knowledge of their abilities and will not take more than they can, they know when to ask for help and take calculated risks.
What is its value in a work context?
People who know each other, understand each other, and honestly evaluate themselves – people who are conscious – are very well placed to do the same for the organizations they lead. Leaders are constantly faced with decisions that require a candid assessment of skills – theirs and those of others.
Self-awareness allows, among others, to:
– Act instead of reacting
– Increase your level of responsibility for your choices and daily decisions
– Avoid certain behaviors that are unsuitable for the context or certain strategies doomed to failure
– Know how to position oneself in a professional relationship
– Address a conflict with maturity
How to get there?
Self-awareness requires conscious training on a daily basis. It is about becoming the observer of one’s actions, reactions, speech, behavior, attitudes, emotions, defense mechanisms, reasoning, etc. Then, to make connections, to discover the origins, to understand the messages and the stakes.
Coaching can help because as we say: “When you have your nose stuck on the tree, you do not always see the forest! A coach can act as a mirror and accompany for awareness.
To give a little help, there are activities such as meditation, reading and why not a solitary adventure trip!

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