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Proven Tips to Increase Your Self-Awareness as a Leader

If you joined me in my last blog, you hopefully learned that all great leaders have one thing in common: they have high self-awareness and actively seek to understand how their words and actions affect others and their overall goals. We covered how a leader’s level of self-awareness can affect the clarity of his or her team, the trust their employees put in them, and their ability to make decisions quickly and decisively. We also saw some symptoms of a team headed by a leader low in self-awareness.

Research shows that senior executives who lack self-awareness are 600% more likely to derail.

However, developing awareness is much more easily said than done. It’s one thing to be aware of your environment and how others’ actions impact your business, but much more difficult to turn that spotlight back on yourself. Most of us have tunnel vision created from years of limited perspective, assumptions, and faulty interpretations.

But, don’t lose hope! There are some ways you can increase both your internal self-awareness (how well you know and understand yourself and your motivations) and your external self-awareness (how clearly you see how you come across to others and the impact you’re having) as a leader.

Continue reading for tips to get you started

With over 20 years of experience as a strategic consultant for global Leadership and Development initiatives with some of the world’s top Fortune 500 companies, Trish Cody has coached and consulted with senior level teams in planning, designing, launching, and measuring the return for major initiatives.

As a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, Trish works with entrepreneurs, senior leaders and their teams to uncover their real desires for their organization, and then to align those desires with their values to co-create a strategy for execution and accountability. The leaders Trish partners with are truly working their own best plan for success in achieving their desired “new state” and weathering the changes that success brings.

To learn more about how Trish can help you and your team with one-on-one coaching, team coaching or speaking at your event, please contact

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