As a leadership performance coach, I am regularly reminding my clients that leadership is a skilled profession. It has a language, models and frameworks that provide practitioners with tools that, when used appropriately, can create a positive impact on individuals, teams and organizations.
In the world of leadership, as in life, we can only affect and change things when we have a conscious awareness of them. This why the first step in building your leadership skills is in gaining self-awareness:
- Knowing how you show up
- What it is like to be with you
- How your behavior impacts others
It sounds simple and straight forward, yet most leaders have low levels of self-awareness, despite their own beliefs otherwise. Why?