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Self-awareness: Why it matters, and how to tell who’s got it
Some people are in close touch with their emotions, abilities and limitations. We call them self-aware. Others aren’t.
Does it matter to you whether your people have self-awareness?
It should. People who can assess their own strengths and weaknesses objectively are better able to identify and maximize your organization’s strengths.
So how can you tell if somebody is self-aware? Emotional intelligence guru Daniel Goleman supplies these clues:
- Ask job applicants to describe a time they got carried away by their feelings and later regretted it. Self-aware people will do so frankly, sometimes with a wry smile.
- In performance reviews, watch whether employees are comfortable discussing their limitations, as well as their strengths. People with low self-awareness will often shy away from talking about the former.