“Knowing yourself, and knowing the forces that affect the people who work for you, holds the key to being a successful leader.” ~ Kenneth M. Settel, MD, Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, CEO Psychology: Who Rises, Who Falls and Why (RosettaBooks, 2012)
Many of us know our character strengths, and over time have worked to develop them. At the same time, not being cognizant of our weaknesses can blindside our success.
The very character traits that peg you as having high potential may prevent you from making it to the finish line. Every strength has a downside when carried to the extreme. Self-awareness can prevent self-sabotage.
You probably have a sense of your personal talents and liabilities. Learning how to leverage them—amplifying your strengths while minimizing your weaknesses—sets the stage for good interpersonal relationships. You’ll become less vulnerable and less sensitive to criticism.
Self-awareness requires sensitivity to both inner and outer realities, knowing full well you can never perceive things without your own biases and filters. By keeping a growth mindset, you can ask the questions needed to listen and learn.
This article explores four personality types and their strengths and weaknesses, open and closed mindsets, and suggests ways to prevent self-sabotage and expand self-awareness.
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- The Pitfalls of Strengths
- Open and Closed Mindsets
- How to Expand Self-Awareness
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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