The Historical Importance Of Self-Awareness In Leadership

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1.0 Introduction
Work is a group activity and if an organization is to function effectively is requires teams of people to work together. Teams are formed by the organization in order to get jobs done most effectively. Leader leads team of people at work and ensures that the team they lead achieves the objectives it needs to in order that the organization achieves its overall objective. Therefore, leader’s role is important and to develop leader skills such as coaching, giving feedback and delegating. Self-awareness and continue self-development of leaders turn out to be very important in getting to know your strengths and weaknesses and to improve and make you a better leader.
2.0 Literature Review
2.1 Historical relevance of self-awareness
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“Anticipating how others perceive you, evaluating yourself and your actions according to collective beliefs and values, and caring about how others evaluate you” (Baumeister 2005). Similarly (Showry, M., & Manasa, K. L. 2014) has also defined that “Successful leadership often surfaces when people become aware of critical personal experiences in their life, understand the driving forces, and respond by rethinking about self, redirect their moves and reshape their actions”.
Regardless of how classical theories defined self-awareness containing the two components, the treatment of self-awareness in the leadership and management literatures has usually ignored the second component of self-awareness. E.g., one of the famous writers has defined Self-awareness as “one’s own ability to self-observe” (Wicklund, 1979).
2.2 Self-awareness
Malcolm (2000) described self-awareness as how a person knows of his own feelings and the ability to recognize and manage them. Self-awareness involves leaders being able to identify of their own strengths and weaknesses and possessing the ability to be frank and honest about them. Goleman (1996), Goleman has worked extensively on emotional intelligence, has said that self-awareness is a component of emotional
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When we are working on the “Building Bridges” tasks. We have a team of 7 members. There was a guy who is the only engineer in the team. He is assigned as the leader for the team as he should be the most skilled person in building a bridge. We were given 11 straws and 20 paper clips. He spent about 20 minutes drawing the blueprint and it has the finest design that have 3 stands each side and will be definitely strong enough to support the egg for more than a minutes. I have feedback that although the design is marvellous but it would not be possible to build it with the materials that is given to us. Meantime, I have suggested by putting the 2 ends of the straws together and form a triangle shape would be the strongest shape to be the leg of the bridge, all members agreed to my suggestion and when the final bridge was constructed, I contributed fair amount of ideas. After the activity is ended. I received comments that although I am a creative person, I am too harsh during building the bridge and the coordinator may be upset as I appear to be taking over his role. I feel gloomy as I have offended someone without knowing. However, they also feedback that I could be a good leader and confident in doing my

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