Self-awareness for Leaders: Understanding How Your Style and Approach Impacts Your Leadership

July 19, 2022

Have you ever considered how self-awareness affects your career success? Self-awareness, for leaders especially, is the foundation of authenticity and impact. 

How can you expect to understand and influence others if you don’t first understand yourself? 

Once you know your leadership style, you can see how your approach and perspective impact those around you. Self-awareness helps you better understand others and improves how you collaborate and work together.

Assessing Self-awareness for Leaders

The challenge with self-awareness is that it is often hard to see ourselves accurately. Any number of factors can skew our perceptions. I was recently introduced to an assessment that facilitates a deep, meaningful understanding of self: the Profile XT

Profile XT assesses your:

  • Thinking style (how you communicate)
  • Behavioral traits (how you interact with others)
  • Interests (what engages and motivates you)

This specific combination of insights creates powerful self-knowledge that would not be possible on your own. 

Self-awareness in Practice

I work with a client who was just promoted to VP of Information Technology, receiving a considerably more significant scope of responsibility. He now has more visibility and the ability to impact his company’s strategic results. This is his chance to make the most of his opportunity to prove he is ready, capable, and a clear candidate for a C-level position in the future.

We kicked off our work together with the Profile XT so we could understand his current leadership style and elevate his skills. This client is naturally reserved. He brings a highly analytical perspective to his work and needs certainty before making decisions.

However, the organization relies on him to bridge the gap between data and technology, expecting him to accelerate their shift toward leveraging both functions to support their growth strategy. 

Given the high stakes of his new leadership role and the self-awareness he gained from the Profile XT, he could see where he needed to make some changes and where he should focus his development.

My client could clearly see where his analytical, results-driven, and low-risk style interfered with his ability to be a vulnerable, connected, intentional leader. Together, we identified actions he could immediately put in place to communicate more often, communicate more clearly, and practice active listening to help his team feel seen, valued, and heard.

The Benefits of Increased Self-Awareness for Leaders

When you are willing, like my client in this example, to invest in yourself and dig into your leadership approach, you can improve your skills, hone your talents, and expand your capabilities. 

The main benefits this client experienced during our self-awareness work were:

  • Awareness of his thinking and behavioral style – These showed up in how he communicated and interacted with others
  • Increased impact  – He learned how to communicate more effectively and use his strengths to improve results while deepening his ability to connect with and motivate his team
  • Clear action plan – The Profile XT provided the data I needed to create intentional action items to improve his leadership presence with his team, peers, and senior leaders

Because the Profile XT was so powerful with my 1:1 coaching clients, I’ve recently begun leveraging it in group coaching. (You can click here to see the coaching services I offer.)

How Can Self-awareness Improve Your Leadership?

After seeing how useful the Profile XT assessment has been for my clients, I decided to put my time and energy into becoming PXT Certified. Now I can support my clients even better while efficiently and effectively accelerating their leadership and career goals.

While there are several benefits to improving your self-awareness, there are 2 key benefits to engaging with coaching and the Profile XT assessment: 

  1. Increase understanding of your leadership style.
    Understanding your leadership style benefits not only you but also benefits your entire team. By digging deeper into how you think and act as a leader, you can better understand yourself and lead with intention. Understanding your strengths and style increases your productivity. You’ll also learn how to work more efficiently with other leadership styles.
  2. Intentionally engage with your people.
    When you understand yourself, you are better at understanding others. You can engage your people more intentionally by being vulnerable at work and showing care and interest in the lives of your employees. Increased self-awareness will help you become a better active listener, taking the time to listen, understand, and respond to your team members. If your employees are happy and engaged, you will also be more productive as a team and company. (That’s what we call a win-win!) 

Experience the Power of Self-Awareness Yourself

You’ve seen all the evidence and witnessed what is possible when you engage with your self-awareness as a leader. Now you’re ready to put the Profile XT to work in your own professional development, and I’m excited for you to see what’s in store!

When you join a small group coaching circle – intimate, truly small groups of like-minded leaders committed to growing together – you get access to the robust PXT assessment alongside numerous other resources and tools. The group accountability and support facilitate deeper learning and more effective coaching, helping you reach your goals and develop new skills. 

Interested in taking your leadership to the next level? Click here to contact me about joining a group coaching program and intentionally engaging with your self-awareness. 

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