Self-Awareness is about being aware of the behaviour you demonstrate, your strengths and limitations, and the impact you have on others. Leaders high in this skill are often said to be Present rather than Disconnected with who they are. Self-awareness is important in leadership because:
• A leader’s behaviour can positively or negatively impact the performance and engagement of colleagues.
• Leaders need to know their strengths and limitations in order to continuously improve and maintain success, and
• Leaders interpretation of events at work is both made by, and limited by, their intelligence, personality, values and beliefs. In order to objectively evaluate events leaders must know how they interpret the world and how this helps and limits them.