March, 2015

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Increase Your Holistic Self-Awareness

As a leader, individual self-awareness focusing only on you isn’t complete. It’s rather one-dimensional. You should continue to increase your awareness to find out your unique spot in relation to others, with the environment, the universe, and your Source. You should ask tough questions, think, reflect, meditate, and if necessary, seek the help of others.

Besides, you should try some proprietary and free tools that can help you understand yourself in comparison with others. These tools may help you identify your relative position in terms of some personality parameters such as whether you are introvert or extrovert, whether you use your senses or intuition, organized or disorganized, dictated by logic or feeling, judge or perceive, and so on.

One of the most popular tools that can help you assess your personality is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (BMTI). However, when you take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, you may consider hiring certified administrators to interpret the results for you and your group. Of course, you may take the free version from When we combine the four opposing types (Extraversion-Introversion, Sensing-Intuition, Thinking-Feeling, Judgment-Perception), we get 16 personality types. By taking the online test, you could be able to know your 4 letter personality type, and other helpful and important information. Try it. Taking this assessment increases your self-awareness about your personality, from what kind of engagements you draw energy, which communication approaches you prefer, and more. This self-awareness also  better equips you to become a better communicator and connector since now you understand other people’s preferences.

johariwindowJohari Window is another tool you may use. Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham designed it in the 1950’s. It is a simple grid you can use to map your (your group’s) personality awareness. You pick those adjectives that best describe you from around 56 lists of adjectives, and then ask your group to describe you by selecting those adjectives they think may describe you. Using these data, you could be able to fill the four rooms in the grid (Open, Hidden, Blind, Unknown).

There may not be that much work required from you about those behaviors, motives, strengths, and weaknesses that are known to you and others (Open). Nonetheless, depending on the level of trust you have developed with your team, you may consider sharing some of those that are only known by you to your group (Hidden). When you do so and become vulnerable, you may create connection and bond with your team members. On the other hand, it’s embarrassing to have blind spots your people are well aware but you aren’t (Blind). Either dig deep and find them out yourself or ask for feedback. The people who love and care about you may not reveal your blind spots for fear of offending you. Open up and ask their feedback and get enlightened. The people who would like to manipulate and use you won’t tell you your blind spots. They may intend to continue using them to their advantage. Get these off your back by uncovering your blind spots J

On the other hand, the quadrant that represents your undiscovered self (Unknown by both you and others) may require you to sit down and reflect (and even hire a coach) and identify your subconscious (unknown) feelings, attitudes, fears, wounds, strengths, talents, gifts, etc. You should tap into your latent potential, and also uncover those things that are sabotaging your success. You cannot release and maximize your potential, and claim your greatness without unearthing the unknown. Until you deal with it, you cannot find your uniqueness that gives you the comparative and competitive advantages you need to succeed and thrive. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t stop knowing yourself in relation to others. You should also help raise the self-awareness of your people.

Let’s stop this discussion on the importance of increasing your holistic self-awareness. If you’re interested me to facilitate a workshop to help your people increase their self-awareness, please check out this link to learn the objectives of the workshop: