Self Awareness


The ability to be sensitive to one's own emotions, and understand their impact on work productivity and the relationships formed at work is known as self-awareness.  Daniel Goleman identified self-awareness as one of the five dimensions of emotional intelligence.


Leaders exhibiting self-awareness are able to construct an accurate picture of their own strengths and weaknesses.  It is the ability of a leader to look within, and understand their individuality, and how their actions can affect those around them.  The self-awareness of the leader brings to them a sense of self-confidence and a strong feeling of self-worth.  It allows them to recognize their thought process when making decisions, and why they behave in different ways when placed in various situations.

Self-awareness is one of the five dimensions of emotional intelligence, as described by Daniel Goleman.  The other four dimensions of emotional intelligence include:  motivation, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills.

Related Terms

self-regulation, motivation, social skills, empathy, situational leadership style