Self-awareness is the ability to see yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions align with your own internal standards. This allows people to align their behaviour with their values. Everyone has a fundamental idea of what self-awareness is, however, we don’t know exactly where it comes from or why some people seem to have more or less than others.
Self-awareness is important because it gives us a chance to understand how other people see us which makes it easier to be empathetic to people with different perspectives. “Leaders whose self-perception matches others' perceptions are more likely to empower, include, and recognize others.” There are many benefits of self-awareness and of them is that it frees us from our assumptions and biases which allows us to influence outcomes.
One of the key elements for greater confidence is self-awareness. This is because it allows us to be clearer about our strengths and weaknesses. This increases our overall sense of confidence since we focus our energy on what we are good at and surround ourselves with people who are strong where we’re weak. Building self-confidence helps us to trust our abilities more as we become more trusting in our capabilities.
Building confidence through self-awareness is crucial for our personal and professional development and can motivate us to challenge ourselves more. This is why, here at Zakon we are offering an online course for Developing Personal Confidence and Self-Awareness.