There are four beliefs about self-awareness commonly held. First, it is essential for effective leadership or management. Second, people have differing amounts of it, usually highlighted when in deficit. Third, it is a good thing to seek more of it. And fourth, someone else can help them do that. Developing self-awareness has now become a sub-category within a massive personal development and self-help industry.
What is odd is that there is no consensus on what self-awareness is and whether it can be developed. In this column, I am going to offer some thoughts on two questions:
1. What is self-awareness?
2. How can you become more self-aware?