The Importance Of Self Awareness

Posted on 07. Aug, 2012 by in Lead From Within, Leadership Development


Live in the silence where the knowing dwells.- Lolly Daskal


What does knowing yourself have to do with leadership?
 
Everything.
 
How important is self-awareness?
 
Very.
 
Self-awareness is where effective leadership begins.
 
Take a moment and step inward. Filter out all the distractions. Stay present with past barriers that may cause hindrance.
 
Spending quiet time in reflection helps you identify what you stand for, what values govern your life, and what is important to you.
 
Treat yourself to these moments of quiet on a daily basis.
 
This important practice of self reflection helps develop personal mastery and shape self awareness.
Leaders who lead from within combine their personality and principles to explore and engage their roles and their competencies with ongoing processes and practices to make a profound difference.
 
Leaders who lead from within demonstrate high levels of tolerance towards disputes, disagreements, and dissension. They have a clear personal navigation system within their purpose, values, and vision that always leads the way.
 
Leaders who lead from within know that the interactions that really matter are the ones that come from the heart. Caring and connecting are the first keys to unleashing potential, possibilities, prospects, and the promise to be impactful.
 
When we know ourselves we do not need to pretend.  
/>We can be real. We can be the best of who we are.  
Setting this example will draw out the best in ourselves and those around us.
 
Lead from Within: Heart based leadership begins with knowing yourself. It’s the most important way you can equip yourself to lead others.

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27 Responses to “The Importance Of Self Awareness”

  1. Brandt

    07. Aug, 2012

    Great post. Qualities of great leaders also translate to all aspects of life. Thanks for the good insight!

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  2. Rachel Peterson

    07. Aug, 2012

    Lolly, beautiful. I have a client who is so afraid of facing his insecurities that it is killing his chances to be a GREAT leader… I wish for him the chance to step into a place where he can take words like yours to heart. Once he gets to that place where he realizes he is absolutely perfect just the way he is (warts and perceived weaknesses and all!) he will launch like a rocket and find a happiness he can’t even imagine currently…. <>

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    • lollydaskal

      07. Aug, 2012

      Find out who you are and live it with purpose- Lolly Daskal

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      • lollydaskal

        07. Aug, 2012

        “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”
        ― Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Essays

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    • lollydaskal

      07. Aug, 2012

      Each person has only one genuine vocation – to find the way within – our only task is to discover our own destiny and to live it with passion and purpose.

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      • lollydaskal

        08. Aug, 2012

        You need to remember that. If you’re to have purposeful lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you

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  3. Carl Waldenmaier

    07. Aug, 2012

    Lolly … you are absolutely correct on the importance of being aware of your inner self and leading from within. Knowing yourself, being aware of who and what is around you, and being other centered are common among great leaders, but rare to find.

    Enjoy following you on twitter as well. God bless you.

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    • lollydaskal

      07. Aug, 2012

      Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
      ― C.G. Jung

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  4. Sam

    07. Aug, 2012

    Every victory in life comes from mastering thyself first which can be hard but worth the effort .

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    • lollydaskal

      07. Aug, 2012

      “I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
      ― Hermann Hesse

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  5. Natalie E Finstad

    07. Aug, 2012

    Lolly, this is a great reminder of how leadership can have the greatest impact. What barriers do you witness to this type of leadership? Also, what practices do you suggest leaders can take part in regularly to maintain connection with their purpose and passion?

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  6. ahti

    07. Aug, 2012

    Self awareness is truly very important to leaders, when you don’t who you are or what you are, how is it possible to know who you are dealing with or leading along? great insight, Lolly.

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    • lollydaskal

      07. Aug, 2012

      At the center of your being
      you have the answer;
      you know who you are
      and you know what you want.”
      ― Lao Tzu

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  7. Edward Colozzi

    07. Aug, 2012

    Thanks Lolly for one of your most important posts…Self Awareness, the building block of ALL of the Life Journey and critical to successful leadership across each of the career-life roles most people play daily. Only with self awarenss can one discover meaning and purpose in their life journey. Only through self awareness can one discover the power of LOVE from God to onseself, to God from oneself, and from oneself to all others.

    Thank YOU Lolly for all you do to be self aware and the choices you make to help us all grow in self awareness to be better leaders who truly are motivated from within through love. EdC

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  8. Redge

    07. Aug, 2012

    Perhaps serendipity does exist. I just finished reading “The Shibumi Strategy” By Matthew E. May where we are introduced to several techniques and methods for self development and awareness.

    Of all the times we hear, “It’s not about you”, this occasion is not one of them. The desire for leadership begins within and flourishes outward.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • lollydaskal

      07. Aug, 2012

      “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
      ― C.G. Jung

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  9. michael Daramola

    07. Aug, 2012

    Lolly is a commanding communicator!!

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  10. michael Daramola

    07. Aug, 2012

    Lolly is a commanding communicator!!
    By “commanding. Communicator”, i mean she not only speaks & communicates professionally, she injects words,principles & inspiration that makes impactin the Lives & situation of others. Many of us(i inclusive) in the talking/speaking Job/business like Lolly must note that we are not just expected to speak to people(because you can Speak & say nothing),we are expected to be commanding communicators! Many speakers are just puppets merely echoing what someone else Had said without any benefit of “Personal Conviction” on the subject. If we must speak & make impact in people’s’lives we must as a matter of Necessity be convicted on the subject before sharing it with others: until this is achieved by Us, we will never attain the MARK OF A COMMANDING COMMUNICATOR! Well done LOLLY, I LOVE U,MORE GREASE TO YOUR ELBOW!

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  11. Kate Elfatah

    08. Aug, 2012

    I love this. Yesterday was a not so great day and maybe didn’t show many of these qualities as I should have. Needed this kick today.

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  12. s alam

    08. Aug, 2012

    undoubtedly iimportan. self-knowing is very difficult. more and practises ar. required, I tried it from very young age-I don’t know my acheivement. only I know i become unaware sometimes-new things emerges.

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  13. Sean

    08. Aug, 2012

    So true. At a time when we are experiencing huge challenges as a family business based in South Africa, coming to terms with myself as a person has been critical. With guidance from a very special person I have acknowledge the need to find oneself and in turn re channelling and reinventing ones self – and in turn able to enthuse my staff.

    Best regards
    Sean

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  14. Jan Deelstra

    08. Aug, 2012

    Lolly, It is my bias that self-awareness is the starting point to wholeness. I am a gestalt (WHOLE) practitioner providing gestalt tools to anyone who is interested in being whole. What Humpty Dumpty couldn’t do, we can. We are all whole and perfect in our humanness. It seems you too are on the kindred path to enlightening the masses. Self-awareness is the key to increased self-esteem. And self-esteem is at the root of all actions and successes. Bless you Lolly, for spreading the light. Much love, light, and gratitude.

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  15. Gord

    08. Nov, 2012

    Some “Leaders” though are effective regardless of a lack of self knowledge. Sure, I think I have grown with looking deeper at myself and admitting the bad parts and being okay with it. I know some leaders who have no self knowledge. It’s possible though that they’re not leading, but are dictating.

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  16. Guy Farmer

    10. Feb, 2013

    Great post Lolly. Self-awareness can improve the performance of even highly successful leaders. The more leaders understand how their thoughts, emotions and behaviors affect them and the people around them, the quicker they can move from working out their personal stuff on others to inspiring them.

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