Leadership Lesson 5: Self Awareness

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

I’m currently participating in a leadership training program for executive directors.  One of the perks of the program is assessment tools. The tools provide insight into my work habits, how I best function, stress behaviors and management style. Reviewing these insights have helped me become more self aware of what makes me the leader I am. It shows my strengths and weaknesses and gives suggestions as to how I can become a better leader and manager. 

For many of us, getting constructive criticism or feedback from others can be intimidating. However, taking the feedback and discovering how we can use it to make us better can be life changing. It takes a certain level of maturity to receive feedback and resist the urge to get offended or become bitter. 

Self awareness can improve our leadership skills as well as position us to get better results. Whether you are leading your children or are in charge of a committee at church or work or are the manager of a large company, self awareness is a great skill to have. Next time you’re confronted with an opportunity to hear constructive criticism, use it as a chance to grow and become a better leader. 

~Coletta Jones Patterson


Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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