Coaching Question: Am I Really Self-Aware?

Question:

So, now I’m worried.  I always thought I was pretty self-aware but now that I see the research, I am wondering if I really am.  How can I tell?

Answer:

We know two things for sure: 1) the development of self-awareness is a life-long process that we never finish, and 2) some of the biggest obstacles to increased self-awareness are the blindspots that we cannot see.  This is why I believe the best way to test your self-awareness is to ask for feedback from a trusted friend or colleague on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, here are some other things you can do.

If you want to try a quick assessment, I invite you to try the Free Insight Quiz , a small subset of Dr. Tasha Eurich’s validated 70 item self-awareness assessment. The 14 forced-choice questions should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. At the end of your assessment, you will be asked to provide the name and email of someone who knows you well – so that the same assessment (about you) can be sent to them. When they have completed their part, a report download link will be sent to you. Note:  while I’m sure this is deeply ingrained in every one of you, I do urge you to review the privacy policy before submitting your email address (and of course to get your friend’s consent before submitting theirs)!

I also like this Huffington Post article by Matt Hearnden. Be warned that it has some, er, adult language, but it is very humbling, reminds us all how hard this really is, and provides some concrete steps to consider.

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