Are you a leader, or do you want to be?
Even if you don’t see yourself as a leader in an organization or business, that doesn’t mean you’re not the leader of your life. You are!
If you’re still skeptical about your ability to lead then I want to share with you the most powerful and important leadership skill you can cultivate.
It’s not a fancy business or leadership degree, or charisma or assertiveness.
The most important leadership skill you can cultivate to boost your confidence and effectiveness as a leader is self-awareness.
I tell my coaching clients, paddling clients and retreat participants every chance I get that self-awareness is the most powerful thing you can develop in your life.
Self-awareness allows you to be the healthiest, most authentic version of yourself. When you know yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses you:
- Can prioritize what’s important to you because you’re clear on what you want.
- Recognize the impact you have on others in any given moment (positive or negative). When you have this awareness you can amplify your positive impact and clean up any negative impacts.
- Optimize your strong points and surround yourself with the people and/or systems that make up for your weak points.
- According to Ayurveda, knowing your unique constitution empowers you to tailor your diet and lifestyle so that you can be the healthiest, most vibrant you.
- Know what triggers your anxiety, fear or stress, so you can cultivate and practice tools that help you effectively cope and find your courage.
5 Practices that Build Self Awareness
- Sit quietly and focus on your breath. Observe your thoughts as they pass by and keep coming back to focusing on the path of your breath through your body.
- Take a yoga class or other physical activity combined with mindfulness practice. Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding count!
- When feel stressed, frustrated or anxious, pause, take a deep breath and notice where the sensation is in your body.
- Sit down with your thoughts and a journal and start writing just to write.
- Work with someone who can guide you through getting to know yourself better. That could be a therapist or coach. Sharing with someone else who has earned your trust can help you get out of your own head and see yourself more clearly.
The key to cultivating self-awareness and becoming a better leader is consistency over time. Even 5 minutes every day or 4 days per week will grow awareness.
If you try any of these practices I want to hear how it goes for you. If you’d like to get more coaching on how to grow your self-awareness email me.
I’m including a recording of an interview I did with the faculty at the Providence School for Transformational Leadership and Spirituality. Dr Bianca Briciu had some great questions for me on mind body leadership. Check it out below.