The Importance Of Self Awareness For Team Development Essay

1945 Words Oct 19th, 2016 8 Pages
The Oxford dictionary states that self-awareness is the “conscious knowledge of one’s own character and feelings” and it is the necessity of this quality within team formation and development that I will evaluate throughout this essay. I aim to review the techniques by which we may become self-aware and review their connection to team development…
Before we can discuss the importance of self-awareness we first have to look into how we can achieve this knowledge. It is said that self-awareness can be realised by completing a series of tests based on theoretical models. One of these models was created by Honey and Mumford (1982); they identified four learning styles or preferences:
• Activist – learn best in new experiences, prefer short tasks including teamwork and problem solving.
• Theorist – learn best when they can explore concepts, evaluate and analyse
• Pragmatist – learn best when they see a model they can emulate or where there is a link between the subject matter and the problem
• Reflector – learn best when allowed to think, have time to research and reflect
Honey stated that by becoming self-aware you become smarter at getting a better fit between learning opportunities and the way you learn best, become an all-round learner and improve your learning skills and processes.

Another model was created by Pask (Carey, 1991) he said that styles of learning fall into two categories; either holist or serialist. It was said that holists are global learners who perceive…

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