“Know thyself, improve thyself, compliment thyself”.
It’s the “trinity of self-awareness” and according to the Harvard Business Review, it’s a blueprint for successful leadership.
Explore “How-Come” vs. “How-To”
There are a million “how-to” books out there on successful leadership. But one group of executive researchers says that the real key to climbing the leadership ladder is not in knowing the “how-tos” but the “how-comes”. In his book, Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, author Anthony Tjan, founder of the VC firm Cue Ball, reveals that self-awareness is “the one quality that trumps all, evident in virtually every great entrepreneur, manager, and leader”. Next-level leaders don’t just know how to run a business, they have looked inside and know why they are doing it-and purpose=motivation to excel.
The conviction (and yes, often ego) that founders and CEOs need for their vision makes them less than optimally wired for embracing vulnerabilities or leading with humility.
Recognize Your Strengths and Weaknesses
It’s certainly easy to dismiss the concept of self-awareness as New Age fluff in the business arena. But having insight into your personal strengths and weaknesses is the kind of knowledge that separates executive from leaders. In fact, Tjan believes that self-awareness is actually more critical for those in entrepreneurial and leadership roles, as those who have a clear look at themselves are able to use their strengths to take a vision forward while building a support team that fills in their weak areas.
Tjan’s book offers a wealth of Stout advice for executives looking to make the leap to leaders-as long as they are willing to look inside and truly understand what drives them and their decision-making. As always, we’ve got the top takeaways to get you started on the path to leveling up with self-awareness.
Want to know yourself even more?
Increase your self-awareness – and Stoutness – right now. Visit 16 Personalities, which offers a free personality-assessment tool very similar to the Meyers-Briggs test. And don’t forget to have your team members take it, too – and learn where everyone else is coming from for enhanced efficiency and empathy. Knowledge is power, so fuel up for your leadership journey.