Low self-awareness adversely affects everyone in the workplace, and if you are willing to strengthen your teamwork, a great place to start is yourself, not to mention affecting the bottom line positively.
Advantages of self-awareness
We must develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and our personalities to grow as individuals. Focusing on greater self-awareness allows us to consider what we are good at and shows to us the things we need to strengthen. It also allows us to make improvements using input from others. There is an impressive by-product when a team of people dedicate themselves to doing this kind of individual examination: the work culture often grows.
Far too many companies attempt to influence their cultures by outside forces, tools, or other current trending methods of preference. But the first, easiest, and most effective place to begin is focusing is yourself. Also, increased self-awareness helps us to offer input and guidance to others that they can put to use.
The problem is that many individuals are not very self-aware and giving and getting feedback is difficult. This inhibits the progression at an organizational level and prevents teams from producing better overall outcomes.
How to understand your personality
Nearly all personality surveys on the market today are focused on the human personality and behavioural work of Carl Jung in the 1920s. He argued that personality traits are stable aspects of human differences that can be used to characterize and clarify behaviour. That means, we consistently and without thought, we do those things.
Jung found that three items are based on these common traits:
- How people collect data (sensing or intuition)
- How individuals make choices (thinking or feeling)
- How humans behave in social situations (introversion or extroversion)
Broadly, our personalities are made up of differing percentages of four different elements when you bring this knowledge together.
When individuals have a more detailed understanding of their personalities and can keep it in mind, they can recognize and control their feelings correctly, and react more clearly to circumstances. This is what elevated self-awareness offers. You are better able to step outside yourself and connect in a way that can be understood, connected, and respected by other people. Before speaking, more self-aware individuals think; challenge respectfully; listen more and give time to learn. They constantly practice being the best human being they can be, needing courage, bravery, and contemplation. You will be thankful for the effort, and so will your team.
3 actions you can take to improve your self-awareness:
1. Take the time to grasp the traits of your personality better. Dig out the personality test you did three years ago, or try something different to gain insights (like the evaluation of Clifton Strengths). In this method, personality profiles can be very helpful, and it is recommended that you use them. The idea is to analyse what you’re best at what you love doing, and how certain aspects of your personality can be emphasized.
2. Share with others and ask for daily input on your relationships with them. Although this can be daunting at times, you must invite input if you want to become more self-aware.
3. Learn various forms of communication. In general, you’re good at your communication style, but when you don’t care about how someone else wants to receive information, breakdowns happen. They can allow you to spot and appreciate how various personalities connect.
As a final note, executives and team leaders should work under the presumption that not everybody is as self-aware as they should be. Challenge your colleagues, and yourself, by concentrating on a deeper analysis of personality and interpersonal communication to achieve greater team performance. Personalities differ, but for self-improvement, all must be on the same page. You can’t, of course, tell people to be self-conscious, just as you can’t tell people to be optimistic. Coaching can be a major help, and support is important overall.