The study of human behaviour is critical to the effectiveness of organizations. Organizational behaviour is “a field of study that investigates the impact that individuals, groups, and structure have on behaviour within organizations, for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organization’s effectiveness” (Robins, 2001).
Every established organization strives to achieve its goals and business objectives, yet at their peak are managers, leaders, who have been vested with the responsibilities to ensure that these goals and objectives are actualized. The success of these leaders therefore becomes corresponding to the success of the organizations they lead. They, however, must be self – aware. They must know that their personalities and behaviours give them impetus to achieving success while working with their people. They must be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and channel them to directions that will make them effectively carry out their leadership functions. Runn, (2011) calls self evaluation, “self leadership” and states that it forms a critical part and foundation to a person’s leadership.
According to Brodie (2011), leaders who are self aware can play to their strengths, get others to achieve equal success by utilizing their own skills, can easily adapt to changing circumstances and will think before they act. This is because when leaders become self-aware, they are able to properly sieve out their innermost values, their motivations, develop clear humane passions that people see and decide to follow them. Self-aware leaders know what it means to use their talents and abilities to serve people, to depend on others, to cross the finish line together with a group of people, to lead others to achieve a worthy goal. They develop into what George et al, (2007) calls the authentic leader.
A leader who can effectively harness these
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