The first building block of emotional intelligence is self-awareness. Self-awareness is our ability to recognize our own emotions and their effects on us and others. Without being aware of and understanding our own emotions, it will be difficult for us to move into the other emotional competencies like self-management, social awareness, or team leadership.Self-improvement is also referred to as personal-development can be said as the improvement to one’s own mind and characterthrough one’s own efforts. It is a conscious process where one decides to take oneself in hand and change their life-for the better(introduction to self improvement).
Self-awareness is being aware of oneself that includes one’s traits, feelings, behavior.
It is quite difficult in today’s time to find time to think about who we are, what are our strengths and weaknesses, personalities, our habits and values. Besides, many of us are not just inclined to spend much time on self-reflection. Consequently, many of us have low level of self-awareness because self-awareness is an essential first step toward maximizing management skills. It can improve our judgment and help us identify opportunities for professional development and personal growth.
Key Areas forSelf-Awareness include our personality traits, personal values, habits, emotions,psychological needs.
Personality: – Personalities can’t be changed, but values and needs are based on what we learn about ourselves. Understanding owns personality can help us find in what environment we can sustain. Awareness of our personality helps you analyze such a decision.
Values: – It’s important that we know and focus on our personal values. When we focus on our values, we are more likely to accomplish what we consider most important.
Habits: – Our habits are the behaviors that we repeat on a daily basis and often automatically. Although we would like to possess the habits that help us interact effectively with and manage others, we can probably all identify at least one of our habits that decrease our effectiveness.
Needs: – Maslow and other scholars have identified a variety of psychological needs that drive our behaviors such as needs for esteem, affection, belongingness, achievement, self-actualization, power and control(Gale, 2002). .
Emotions: – it’s one of the five facets of emotional intelligence. Understanding your own feelings, what causes them, and how they impact our thoughts and actions is emotional self-awareness. Person with high emotional self-awareness understands the internal process associated with emotional experiences and, therefore, has greater control over them.
Importance of continuous self-development is defined as Self-improvement is an inner process, which requires inner work. The goal is to live a better, happier, and healthier life(Remez, 2001-2012 ).
Self-awarenesshelps managers identify gaps in their management skills, which promotes skill development. Looking at continuous self-development in the context of your future as manager self-awareness also helps managers find situations in which they will be most effective, assists with intuitive decision making, and aids stress management and motivation of oneself and others.
For the continuous self-development in context of the future as a manager below listed are some pointers: –
Skill development: -This can be achieved by improvementwhich should normally begin with an assessment of the gap between the current situation and the desired future situation. Having an accurate sense of who you are helps you decide what you should do to improve. Often, self-awareness will reveal a skills gap that you want to work on.
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses: – Self-awareness helps us explore your strengths and cope withour weaknesses. if we are someone who is good at “seeing the big picture” that surrounds decisions, but not as good at focusing on the details, we might want to consult colleagues and subordinates that are more detail-oriented when making major decisions. Cooperation between big-picture-oriented decision makers and detail-oriented decision makers can produce high quality decisions.
Developing intuitive decision-making skills: – Leaders with well-developed emotional self-awareness are more effective intuitive decision makers. In complex situations, intuitive decision makers process large amounts of sometimes unstructured and ambiguous data and they choose a course of action based on a “sense” of what’s best. This type of decision making is becoming more important for managers as the rate of change and the levels of uncertainty and complexity in their competitive environments increase.
Stress: – Jobs that don’t suit our personality tend to give you more stress than jobs that are more compatible. It’snot that we should take up a job opposite to our personality. However, we must be aware that we would have to work extra hard to develop the skills for that job.
Motivation: – This is main factor everyone must consider and have him in his life all time. It is very difficult to cope with failure. Self-awareness is empowering because it can reveal where the performance problems are and indicate what can be done to improve performance. In addition, awareness of your psychological needs can increase your motivation by helping you understand and seek out the rewards that you really desire such as a sense of accomplishment, additional responsibility, an opportunity to help others, or a flexible work schedule. Always keep on motivating yourself that is the best way for motivation.
Leadership: – A very few have this quality inbuilt in oneself.Those entities that perform one or more acts of leading. Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent(Concepts of Leadership, 2010). Leadership is less about our needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization we are leading.
SELF-ANALYSIS is a systematic attempt by an individual to understand his or her own personality without the help of another person is termed as self-analysis. An independent methodical attempt to study and comprehend one’s own personality, emotions, and behavior. We come to a conclusion of self-awareness out of necessity as a result of wanting to change our life. We have our whole life to emphasis on our “weaknesses” and our strength and outstanding qualities go unnoticed. There are people having problems with Self Esteem. The reality is that it’s our human strength and outstanding qualities that make us what we are to attract people to ourselves. The strength’s that we have I very important in creating your life in the future because they are the solid foundations on which to build .Everyone has outstanding qualities it’s what makes us Unique.
Features of self-analysis: –
The term self-concept is a general term used to refer to how someone thinks about or perceives themselves. Theself-concept is how we think about and evaluate ourselves. To be aware of oneself is to have a concept of oneself.
Baumeister (1999) provides the followingself-concept definition: “the individual’s belief about himself or herself, including the person’s attributes and who and what the self is”(Saul, 2008)
Self-conceptis how we think about or evaluate ourselves. It includes: physical, moral, family, social dimensions. Self-concept is influenced by our sense of identity. Two things have powerful effects on
our self-concept the opinions and judgments other people make of us and social comparisons
Self Esteem:- Self Esteem is essential for psychological survival. One of the major differentiationsbetween human is the awareness of SELF. The ability to form an identity and then attach a value to it. In other words, it is defined as the capacity to define who you are and then to decide if you like that personality or not ( (F., SELF CONCEPT, SELF ESTEEM)).
Self-attitudes: – An attitude is “a relatively enduring organization of beliefs, feelings, and behavioral tendencies towards socially significant objects, groups, events or symbols”.a psychological tendency that is expressed by evaluating a particular entity with some degree of favor or disfavor”(Saul, Attitudes and Behaviour, 2009).
Attitudes structures can be described in three components:-
Affective component:- This involves a person’s feelings/emotions about the attitude towards the object.
Behavioral or Conative component: – The way the attitude we have influences how we act or behave.
Cognitive component: – This involves a person’s belief/knowledge about an attitude object.This is also known as the ABC model of attitudes.
SELF-ANALYSIS TESTS: –
Everybody in this world has different traits, and different personalities. They might havesome strengths but also some weaknesses because nobody is perfect. I also have some strengths and weaknesses. Considering the below Management Competencies Test here are the test results:-
: – Management Competency Report
: – Career Path Test
: – Similar Minds Test
2.1 : – Management Competency Report:-The profile summarizes the results of questionnaire shapes that have been performed.The aim of test is to give feedback for professional development. The report outlines my strengths and development needs.
Yes, I accept the results of this test because I am an ambitious and thinking person whenever I start off with any work I take a wider view of it Keeping in mind the pros and cons because I work towards that thing to complete it successfully. It’s been many years now I think strategically because I love to develop new strategies and the way to approach them. Well I am a fun loving person and I love to talk to people and have their views and ideas. So I am basically a Peoples Person with a huge network of contacts and that’s why I want to get into CUSTOMER INTERACTIONS where I can meet people of different nationality and make contacts. I adjust with different people and approach other persons easily you can say in other words that I do not need a formal introduction of the person I can directly go and talk with him. When in a discussions or negotiations I like to get to the point clearly and I don’t like to just beat around the Bush.
There was a time that I used to feel that what I do is always correct and other do is wrong. But over the time by some experience I got to know that others are also right. But I make it a point to think on what the other party says and until I am convinced I do not accept that fact. I am a stable and consistent. I am not a moody type of person and that why I hate moody persons. I think that whatever has happened with the person should be kept it with him and not to show in public and spoil others mood.
I also like to work independently or complete my work alone sitting in a quiet place and working on it. As I feel when I am alone I can think more and concentrate better on the subject I do the same thing while studding, working on projects as well. But its not always that I work alone. I am good at debates, team work. In my specialist area I act independently and take decisions as well. Appendix (1)
: – CareerPathTest:- The career planner test is about interests and activities. Interests denote things that I enjoy and styles refer to behaviors I use to get results. Career choices say project management I accept always this is coming in most of conducted tests. The Results say that I am Expediting and Administrating person which I actually support because Frankly speaking every time I undertake a project I think the long term effects or how much successful will it be in future is what is always on my mind. When I undertake a project I make it a point I complete it and that’s why I think first n then act accordingly. In a way that I can see or measure progress overtime. Also I am from a technical background after doing my graduation in computers overtime I could see that computers was not my interest and I cannot do a DESK JOB sitting in the office and processing client request.. Yes, I am interested in project management again as stated above in management competency test I will be comfortable to work with people in Projects. I work in a way that when I have a project to be completed I feel satisfied only when it is put in place and is implemented because till then I cannot relax and also I start working on the project from the day one so that I can complete the project on time . I am a person who can shoulderresponsibility. very well. So, I am satisfied for the above career test in the above stated way.Appendix ( 2 ).
2.3 : – Similar Minds Test:- I like to move around the world and explore new people ideas, minds.I am an out-going,lively, easily adaptable to new environment I like to get to know new cultures as well as I’m a type of person who likes to make new friends. So, the possible professions include I am an Administrator, project manager, pharmaceutical sales etc.. It has many options but yes if given an option i.e.SALES may be like (I.T products (software)sales,FMCG sector, pharmaceutical sales, Automobile industry). I would like to do sales because it is very challenging job where we have to prove ourselves and all time we have to just think of new strategies, planning as to how to increase the sales, get the best profits to the company. Always we would be having competitors in the industry so I would be constantly thinking as to how I beat my competitors in the product. I have my interest and I am sure I would be best in it is at Negotiations. I would Negotiate and get the best deal for the company. Appendix ( 3)
2.4: – Keirsey Temperament Sorter
2.5: – Kisa Personality Test
Keirsey Temperament Sorter: – The test says that I am a GUARDIAN. I accept results of test because I am Extrovert person and down to earth. I think I am also good at managing things in a proper way and format so I am able to manage all my preferences also. As mentioned above I am fun loving person only with those who are good to me but for the bad I may be the worst for them. I would also like to live in a fast pace world because it keeps you busy all day and not like a lazy person.
I would say that i am lucky that I was matured at a quite early age. So, I had responsibilitiesto shoulder at an early age. I can manage duties and responsibilities. The test is actually true because I believe in being Loyal. I am a person that can be trusted upon and if I am being assigned with any duty I start to work towards it from day one itself analyzing all factors. When I am working in a Team I will boost the team and keep the Team spirit alive. I like to work in teams sometimes, in group projects, group discussion, because it makes me analyze more every time. But preferably I would like to be a team leader in the team and do the work. Also I would welcome team’s views for any suggestions. I believe in the saying that LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.
KISA PERSONALITY TEST: – The Type Dynamics test conducted as to what job suits me the best? And what type of personality I have is of the type INTJ(Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging).I would say that I don’t think I am introverted because I am a social person who loves to talk to people and am good at communication. So, I am an Extrovertedperson. Truly accepting the fact of judging and thinking Yes, I am. I judge people first according to their behavior and within one or two instances I come to know their personality when related to work or academic wise.Also I see if there is a clear vision ahead before targeting a Goal.
Profile and Possible Career Path for INTJ Personality: – The test showed many categories that would match my interest are Business administrators, Managers, Corporate strategist. From the above listed segments a job in I.T industry would suit me the best according to my skills, interest, motivation towards the industry.. Coming from an I.T background and having the knowledge of I.T products and services.
I would like to work as a corporate strategist. Role of Corporate strategist is formulation, Implementation, evaluation which they seek to achieve results. These results have influenced my decision to pursue a career in I.T industry. The environment for corporate strategist is a The implementation, including the how and other specifics, is left in their hands. The center is kept fully informed of progress, and may need to give it a forward push from time totime.They are surrounded by Top management, like CEO, Directors because theyare among the core teams who will implement the project and bring success and profits for the company. And who will work towards their vision of the future.
1 -AVERAGE PERSON
SWOT ANALYSIS; –
1-STRENGTHS:- Having the best communication skills, I am a confident person and friendly, I mix with people easily.Whenever I look to a thing I look to it from a positive perspective andI try not to bring Negativity or “NO” in my life so my confidence builds high all the time. I also plan for my goals to be achieved and work towards it and make it a point to achieve the goal so in a way I am goal oriented. I believe in being practical in life. Also I am thinking and like to accept challenge’s in life thzxat give u a confidence that” YOU CAN DO IT”. This is very important in life and to complete any task.
2 – WEAKNESS: – I would say that I think about the future a lot I think of many things in life to do. But as we knoweverything has its time I want to do many things at a time, I am hyper active reason being is i always think to complete the thing very fast. And if the deadlines approaching and I am not able to complete I am confused, stressed, and hyper. I also think I do what is the best and every one should follow that thing if it’s a group activity so these are the weakness I will overcome.
OPPURTUNITIES: – Having the idea of my strengths I just need to convert them and utilize in the best place. A good job with a managerial position would be good suited for me. Also, the next agenda on my mind is to have a personal business and be a ENTREPRENUER.
THREATS: – Observing that I as a person being very calm n cool. Very much caring, emotional. People take an advantage of this point. On the contrary I am not a person who will go and fight for that taken advantage I let off go things easily, That is the oral feedback received from my friends I have to improve on this as quick as possible. Or else in this world I may have a hard time to sustain.
Setting goals not only give you on going road map for success, but it shows you the best alternatives you should need or desire a change along the way. We should review our goals on regular basis. Many do this daily as it helps them assess their progress and gives them ability to make faster more informed decisions.
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