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Self-awareness check-list

Self-awareness is a critical starting-place in any change program.  And that can be change at any level, from self, through group to organisation, community or society.

Taking the time to assess yourself can give you clues on areas that would benefit from attention, as well as help design ways of working that work well with you and your strengths.

 

These check-points are taken from:  Zeus, P, and Skiffington, S (2000). The complete guide to coaching at work. McGraw-Hill, Rosedale, NSW.

 

These lists are not comprehensive, but are enough to prompt thought!

 

IN YOUR INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS, ARE YOU:

Assertive  vs  Aggressive

Cooperative  vs  Capitulating

Objective  vs  Emotional

Relaxed  vs  Tense

Supportive  vs  Oppositional

Fearful  vs Trusting?

 

PERSONALITY PROFILE:

High self-awareness  vs  Low self-awareness

Conservative  vs  Non-conformist

Bold  vs  Hesitant

Diffident  vs  Self-confident

People-oriented  vs Task-oriented

Passive  vs  Domineering

Careful  vs  Risk-taking

Pragmatic  vs  Idealistic

Assertive  vs  Tentative

Tolerant  vs  Impatient

Optimistic  vs  Pessimistic

Emotional  vs  Logical.

 

LEADERSHIP PROFILE:

Visionary  vs  Pragmatic

Confrontational  vs  Laissez-faire

Security-oriented  vs  Innovative

Remote  vs  Influencing

Low-key  vs  Charismatic

Hierachical  vs  Empowering

Individualist  vs  Team-player

Flexible  vs  Rigid

Reluctant  vs  Enthusiastic

Initiator  vs  Follows through.

 

COGNITIVE STYLE:

Curious  vs  Narrow-focused

Feelings-oriented  vs  Analytical

Factual  vs  Imaginative

Cautious  vs  Likes challenge

Results-oriented  vs  Process-oriented

Self-sufficient  vs  Solicits ideas

Internal locus of control  vs  External locus of control

Easily distracted  vs  Focused

Persevering  vs  Easily bored

Thoughtful, considered  vs  Makes decisions quickly

Rapid processor of data  vs  Gradual processor of data

Likes big picture  vs  Interested in details

Solicits feedback  vs  Avoids appraisal.

 

COMMUNICATION STYLE:

Gregarious  vs  Shy

Flamboyant  vs  Reserved

Poised  vs  Casual

Spontaneous  vs  Controlled

Animated  vs  Withdrawn

Self-disclosing  vs  Non-self-disclosing

Trusting  vs  Guarded

Good eye-contact  vs  Little eye-contact

Friendly  vs  Distant/aloof

Varies voice pitch  vs  Speaks in monotone.

 

From this, you can summarise the ways of operating that you rely on most strongly, in your Personality, your Leadership Qualities, your Cognitive Style, and your Communication Style.

You can then look to see how these impact your performance – where they support you, and where they get in your way.  You and your coach can then identify which areas would best support you to develop, and design a pathway and vehicle for their development.

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