A recent survey by the IMD Business School in Switzerland and the 75 members of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council rated self-awareness as the most important capability for leaders to develop.
eaders need to know where their natural inclinations lie in order to boost them or compensate for them. Self-awareness then is about identifying your personal idiosyncrasies — and developing a deeper understanding of the characteristics that inform your leadership practice and style. Understanding your personal preferences, strengths and weaknesses is a critical first step to becoming a successful leader.
We love what author, coach and CEO Bev James has to say about living your values, every day, and about knowing what is important to you. If you can live your values outside of the work environment, it makes it easier to do so within the organisation. It also makes it easier to choose an organisation that matches your own values.