A good book I’ve used to improve my self-awareness over the last several years is Standing at the Crossroads: Next Steps for High-Achieving Women, by Marian N. Ruderman and Patricia J. Ohlott. Although this book focuses on a survey of high-performing women and what made them successful, I think its themes apply to everyone.
Ruderman and Ohlott advocate five steps that high-achieving women undertake to be successful:
1. They act authentically
2. They make connections
3. They control their own destiny
4. They achieve wholeness
5. They gain self-clarity
These steps are all intertwined, and all require awareness of what is critically important to each of us as an individual. Only when I know what is important to me can I decide how much of my energy to devote to the workplace and where I want our careers to go.Only then can I go about achieving what I want to achieve.
Self-awareness isn't only important for leaders -- it's important for all of us who work in or with organizations. That's all of us.
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