A crucial ingredient in authentic leadership is self-awareness. Dr Judy Olian explains to Eve Ash that not only do you need self-understanding, you must also take into account how others perceive you. You must not only be honest with yourself, you must be willing to take others’ feedback, internalize it and use it. Family and trusted friends as well as those who directly report to you are insightful observers of your disposition.
Self-awareness is a key ingredient in being an authentic leader, says Dr Judy Olian – it involves:
• Recognition and internalizing of how others perceive you
• Willingness to take 360 feedback
• Seeking input from trusted friends, family and those who report directly to you