If you're a boss with a high level of self-awareness you're likely not clueless, but there are many people in leadership positions who have little understanding of themselves or others. Here are some examples of things bosses do that indicate they lack self-awareness:
- They think there is only one way to do things, their way.
- They believe that positive approaches to dealing with difficult issues, like conflict resolution or problem solving, aren't as good as just imposing their will.
- They say and do things that hurt people but don't realize it.
- They ask for respect but routinely treat people disrespectfully.
- They don't understand the concept of creating a kind workplace.
- They don't realize that you can have a caring workplace that is also highly productive.
- They have no idea how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors affect others.
- They don't take responsibility for their mistakes.
- They're not open to new ideas.
- They don't listen.
- They're quick to punish.
If you've ever had a boss like this, you know what it's like to work with someone with limited self-awareness. When people know and like themselves, they tend to think and behave in ways that build them and others up rather than creating toxic work environments. Thankfully, any boss can begin shifting toward a positive leadership approach by replacing the old behaviors with more positive ones. What will you do to be a self-aware boss?