Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns . . . it is the state or quality of being aware of something.—Wikipedia
Effective and successful leaders are aware of their skills and gaps, the skills and gaps of those they lead and interact with, and they are also aware of their work culture.
They understand and appreciate differing styles, and they are aware of the pulse on the floor. How are the satisfaction levels? Does there seem to be negativity in the break room? Do people speak up or have they gone quiet?
Think about the following topics:
Communication – is it clear, timely, and delivered with sufficient details?
Responsiveness – not everyone processes communication and events as quickly as others. Become aware of who is able to respond immediately, versus those that need more time to process and reflect.
Managing conflict – conflict is simply differing opinions. However, how conflict is managed can range from avoidance to always butting heads and the need to “win”. Be aware of preferred styles and when they are properly or improperly applied. (All conflict styles matter; it’s knowing when each style is most effective).
Dealing with change – is it embraced or resisted?
Start by assessing yourself. Which of the above would you say are your strengths? What are the areas to develop?
Next, think about your team as a whole.
- What do you feel is the major strength?
- What is one thing you would like to see change?
- What is the top area of development?
- If you had to sum up the culture in one word, what would it be?
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