What is Self Awareness?
How to Increase Self Awareness?
Once you've solicited feedback it's crucial that you listen without justifying your actions or people will stop giving you feedback. Moreover, when you are busy defending your actions, you miss what the person is trying to tell you.
If on the other hand you listen and accept feedback without defending yourself, you're more likely to hear what you need to hear, increasing your credibility with the person giving you feedback and creating a trust bond that will enable them to continue providing useful feedback in the future (Chris Musselwhite).
Feedback sessions and group meetings need one important practice. It is easy to listen to the feedback of a person who assures the other that he accepts him as a colleague, subordinate or as a superior and then lists of his assessment of strengths and weaknesses and provides his suggestions for improvement of both strengths and weaknesses. A feedback session should end with a gesture or an activity that symbolizes the ongoing relation and trust between them. Similarly a group meeting must end on the note of camaradarie even though during the meeting there are heated discussions. After the close of formal discussions of the subject matter, there has to be an activity which bring back cordiality among the group.
Knowing Your Values
Chris Musselwhite, Self Awareness and the Effective Leader, http://www.inc.com/resources/leadership/articles/20071001/musselwhite.html
Scott Williams, Self-Awareness and Personal Development, http://www.wright.edu/~scott.williams/LeaderLetter/selfawareness.htm
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