Recently, I have had the privilege of working with individuals seeking self-awareness. I have also been working with teams receiving awareness about themselves and awareness of those they work with. Awareness of the strengths of your teammates, as well as the areas in which they may not be strong, is an integral part of utilising shared synergies and constructive conflict to achieve, both for the individual and the team.
On a personal note, I have been reminded of how our self-awareness, or lack thereof, affects outcomes in our personal life. Yet, the reality is, how aware you are or not, will affect every area of your life.
There are a number of tools you can use to ‘profile your personality’. I’m not a fan of the profiling tools which will place you into one of four boxes. Though I admit I utilise a profiling tool which measures your preference for each of four categories. The reason I use this tool is because it is a great introduction to self-awareness and it’s fun. Yet, we are so much more complex than one of four boxes.
That is the main point of this article. The complexity of who we really are. Some of us are fortunate to have received education or development which assists us in our self-awareness. Others who don’t receive this development, more than likely will have life experiences which they should learn from and evolve. Yet there are many people who don’t learn from their experiences, continue to behave the same way, getting the same results and leave a disappointing legacy.
So the questions I leave you with are, how well do you know yourself and what is the impact you are leaving on those around you in all areas of your life? What do you want your legacy to be?