Self-Awareness and Continous Self-Development

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In todays results driven world, survival and success are guaranteed to the fittest. We are in an era where success of an organization is increasingly dependent on people and their skills. So how do we as senior managers stay competitive in this environment when the bars to excellence are continuously rising? Analoui (1990) suggests that for a manager to be successful, he should place a great deal of importance on the assessment and development of his own potential. Hill (2003) says, “The best managers are those who have an appetite for learning and are willing to work on themselves “. 1.2 Self-Awareness and its importance The first step towards self-development is being able to identify the areas that require development. Maslow (1970) indicates that all individuals have an inherent need for personal growth, which comes through the process called self-actualization. Self-awareness is all about how an individual is able to perceive his thoughts, behaviors and actions to affect himself and the people around him. Legrain, Cleeremans and Destrebecqz (2010) suggest that self-awareness permits one to be the subject of one’s own attention. Goleman, Boyatzis, McKee (2002) define self-awareness as “having a deep understanding of one’s emotions, as well as one’s strengths and limitations and one’s values and motives”. Goleman (1995) states that self-awareness is key to social and emotional competence and identifies self-awareness to be the heart of emotional intelligence. As managers we face the task of managing and interacting with different kinds of people on a professional and social level. High emotional intelligence promotes better understanding of our emotions and helps us have control over our emotions especially in testing con... ... middle of paper ... ...& Row. Mumford, A. (1986). Self Development: Missing Elements. Industrial And Commercial Training, 18(3), 6--10. Paquet, P. (2013). Assertiveness key to manager success. Canadian HR Reporter, 26(3), 16-18. Pedler, M., Boydell, T., & Burgoyne, J. (1978). A manager's guide to self-development (1st ed.). London ;New York [u.a.]: McGraw-Hill. Pedler, M. (1988). Applying self-development in organisations. Industrial And Commercial Training, 20(2), 19--22. Walls, H. (2003). Self Awareness plays its part. Industrial Engineer, 35(3), 20. Wohlers, A., & London, M. (1989). Ratings Of Managerial Characteristics: Evaluation Difficulty, Co-Worker Agreement, And Self-Awareness. Personnel Psychology, 42(2), 235--261. Yammarino, F., & Atwater, L. (1993). Understanding self-perception accuracy: Implications for human resource management. Human Resource Management, 32(2-3), 231--247.

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