When I set on the path toward increasing my own emotional intelligence, I came across the domain of self-awareness. I wanted to see what self-awareness meant and secondly, can it be measured?
Aristotle put it bluntly “Knowing thyself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Self-Awareness can be described as knowledge of yourself and how aware you are of your 1. Skills and strengths 2. Traits and patterns 3. Self-concept and psychological values and even your insecurities. Think this is pretty easy…. Well think again!
Recent research suggests that when we have higher levels of Self-Awareness, we are more creative and are more confident. We can communicate effectively, build stronger relationships and make informed decisions. I also found it fascinating that according to self-awareness studies, most people aren’t even self-aware. They thought they were, but actually came up very short. In fact, according to a Harvard Business Review article, only 10-15% of the people studied actually fit the criteria of self-awareness.
We at Emotional Communication believe that one can never be truly self-aware; however, we can improve each day. Our goal is to be just a little more self-aware today, than we were yesterday.
We use an invaluable tool to measure self-awareness progress. The client takes the 360 assessment early in the coaching relationship and then it is repeated at a later period of time, about a year, to show the progress made.
If we take the conscious step to improve our self-awareness and only enlist ourselves, we struggle and limit our growth. Enlisting someone else, perhaps a coach, is essential to talk things through, shine light on our blind spots, and have an accountability supporter.
The exciting thing is that no matter how far we’ve come or how clearly we think we see ourselves, there’s always more to uncover!