Leaders who are self aware tend to be the best and most productive leaders.
But how exactly do you build strong self awareness? Well one good and proven way is the 360 appraisal process which is now common place in many organisations.
360 Appraisal Process
The 360 appraisal process in its most basic form is simply where you rate yourself against a set of leadership skills and qualities and / or organisational values. Then you get others to rate you on the same. Others include your direct reports, peers and occasionally other key stakeholders too, such as customers or suppliers.
The 360 appraisal process is done anonymously to enable those providing feedback to be brutally honest without fear of any consequences.
Become Self Aware By Asking For Feedback
Another simple way to become more self aware is to simply ask for feedback. This is much easier than a 360 assessment process and can often provide information that’s equally useful. Of course asking for feedback directly removes that anonymity and therefore you need to emphasise that you’re after honest and direct feedback. Feedback with which you are able to act on.
Your goal is to fully understand where you are today and what you need to do to improve to get to some future desired state.
You may also want to take a look at the article on self assessment.