When you know your personal strengths and limitations, you are able to able to use your skills and knowledge to be successful in everyday situations, as well as develop your areas of weaknesses. While this may be true in theory, many leaders struggle with turning their self-knowledge into action. Time and again, we find ourselves making the same mistakes, even though we know better. The missing link is situational awareness, or the “trigger” that causes us to act, using either our strengths or our limitations. In other words, in order to truly grow as an individual, we must progress from self-knowledge to situational awareness to behavior change.
- Begin by indentifying the people and situations at work that are challenging, difficult, and stressful. Identify the situations in which you have both excelled and failed.
- Reflect on how you typical react to those situations. Does your behavior help you to achieve your goals or is your behavior a hindrance to your success? Use the self-knowledge that you have gained from feedback and self-reflection.
- Think about the “triggers” in each situation that caused you to use your strengths, and the “triggers” that caused you to use less successful reactions.
- Replace your less successful behaviors with new ones. What strengths do you have that you could use instead?
- Finally, when faced with situations in the future where your natural inclination is to use less successful behaviors, stop, catch yourself, and instead, leverage your strengths to cause a more positive outcome.
Focus on developing situational awareness this week!
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