Managers are seen to be leaders in an organization. The dictionary defines a leader as one who is in charge and in command of others. In order to be a leader one must have a mind of his own and believe in what they think is right from what they think is wrong. One must be self aware, having confidence in who they are and standing by every decision they make. It is important for managers to be introspective and self aware because once you know who you are and what you stand for, you will let no one deter you away from your beliefs. As a manager, critical thinking is a key factor, L. Dyer wrote “Critical thinkers are self aware, curious and independent. They introspect their own thinking process”. I believe that in order to understand your strengths and weaknesses one must be self aware. It is this factor that allows businesses to grow and flourish because you know where you stand with your strengths so you endorse those strengths. “Self-awareness is crucial when building a team” as a manager I believe one should not only be self aware but also aware of their surrounding and when I say this I do not mean the birds and the trees I am talking about their employees and future employees. Knowing your strengths and where you want to go in your business allows you to better recruit employees and have a better relationship with them. Having the right team of individuals who complement each other working towards a common goal makes managing so much easier, ultimately creating a successful business.
Peter Drucker in his article, Managing Oneself, posed a number of questions one should answer in becoming self aware. I do not know how to answer these questions; I am yet to figure out where I stand in this life of mine and who I am as an individual. This is rather scary to be honest, not knowing my strengths and how I can contribute to something. I do not know where I belong. I go to school because I know that’s what I’m supposed to do. I lack self awareness
Bibliography: 1. Dyer, L. (2006). Critical Thinking for Business Students Pg 2 Captus Press 2. Tjan, A. (2012). How Leaders Become Self – Aware HBR Press