It was a privilege to train 23 wonderful people at CCL’s Maximizing your Leadership Potential program Nov 7-9. At the beginning of each program, we ask participants what they want to get out of the program. This last program, at least a quarter said they wanted to get some insight into self-awareness. This is all the more important for those who are managing for the first time in their life, which many of the participants were. While I was filming myself to get some feedback on my own golf swing at the driving range, I thought about the importance of self-awareness and feedback and what was discussed in the program.
- Put humility aside, and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback about what you are doing right, and what you need to improve.
- Ask those people who are “bought in” to your development and effectiveness for feedback: a mentor, boss, or trusted peer.
- Research shows that the most effective leaders are the ones who are highly self-aware. So, if you think you are good at something and others don’t, that’s a blind spot that needs to be addressed.
Here’s hoping that you do something this week to gain some insight and awareness into your own development by asking for feedback.