As we’ve touched upon self-awareness in recent blog posts about emotionally intelligent leaders, I thought I’d take this opportunity to delve a little deeper into the importance of self-awareness in the workplace. It’s no secret that emotionally intelligent leaders are very self-aware and that they practice self-awareness daily by reflecting on their emotions before acting.

Until you have a comprehensive understanding of how you are perceived by others, and a clear idea about how you come across to them, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to change your behaviour in such a way that allows you to communicate more effectively, or perform at your best. It’s this self-awareness that builds the foundation of all effective communication.

Self-Analysis & Reflection

From your image and your behaviour at work, to your body language and even the way you speak, it’s worth asking yourself “what do all these things say about me?” A certain amount of self-awareness can be formed by carrying out self-analysis and reflecting on all the things I’ve just mentioned. But it’s also a good idea to ask colleagues that you trust to give you some objective feedback.

Once you have built up a good level of self-awareness, you can adjust your behaviour accordingly to maximise how effective you are as a leader. Self-aware managers have an easier time motivating their team because they are very conscious of what works and what doesn’t when they interact with them.

How do I Translate Self-Awareness into Success?

Emotions sometimes run high in the workplace. Before reacting, take time to analyse your feelings. Try to think about what triggered those emotions and be mindful of them. This will allow you to effectively monitor emotional changes, and ultimately take control of them.

Another important part of being self-aware is gauging your reactions to others. Instead of nodding along, be as attentive as possible when someone speaks. Take some time to think about what they’ve said, and only then allow yourself to offer a thoughtful response. True self-awareness allows us to really listen and then respond in a measured way.

If you’d like to find out more about how improving your self-awareness can translate into success as a manager or leader, I can help. Why not take advantage of my free 30-minute 1-2-1 coaching session, or join me for a free half day group session?  You can book online using the links, call 07388 019 663 or email me on