How aware are you of who you are?
How aware are you of:
Who you are?
Your strengths and weaknesses?
Your triggers and habits?
Your unconscious decision-making processes?
Do you understand your emotions, and how you balance rational thoughts and feelings?
Do you understand why you react to certain situations?
What do you value you more, functionality or aesthetics?
Do you like planning? Or jump right into the situation?
Are you quick to make decisions? Do you hate dealing with conflict?
Are rules there for a reason? Or meant to be broken?
If you understood your tendencies – both positive and negative – would you be able to make decisions more consciously? Decisions that allow you to build on your strengths and cut down your mistakes?
I recall sitting in my office in the late winter of 2015. Frustrated, angry and ready to lose my mind, because my team didn’t get “it.” I had a vision, a fiery passion, and I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way of accomplishing as much as I could during my term as President of the Carleton University Students Association. Yet, I was caught up with infighting between my teammates.
I didn’t understand them. Also, they didn’t understand me.
Well, who could understand me? I did not understand all the reasons behind my behaviours or decision making. I knew what I knew, from past experiences, relevant knowledge and my gut instincts. But did I understand where I fell short? Or where my behaviours clashed with others?
Since then I’ve done personality, strength and behavioural tests to gain a better understanding. As a team leader, I now swear by them. Every leader and every team should take the time to gain deep insights about each other.
However, be warned; these insights aren’t to be used to box people into categories. Instead, they are to bring awareness to subconscious decision making to empower others. The insights gained from these tests can increase the effectiveness of any team.
Give a try for yourself; DISC is behaviour and personality test. Here’s a link to Tony Robbins Free DISC Profile assessment. Unfortunately, you’ll have to give your email. He’ll spam you, but you can unsubscribe afterwards.
How you do anything, is how you do everything.
Remember that as you put off understanding yourself more 😉