Month: November, 2010
In his new book, Good Boss, Bad Boss, Robert Sutton mentions that developing and sustaining self-awareness should be at the top of the list of skills to develop for every boss. Most people don’t realize their own deficiencies. To make matters worse, according to studies, when people are given just a little bit of power they tend to become self-centered and less compassionate.
Thoughts, Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: The only person that might know me better than me is my momma, and she is very well aware that her Joey is the cat’s meow.
Wanda B. Goode: This reminds me of that study where 75% of men considered themselves in the top 25% in athletic ability. People just have a tough time evaluating themselves objectively. Furthermore, even a small dose of power does not help matters. I suppose just knowing these things is the first step toward self-awareness. For me, it also emphasizes the importance of having someone close by that can tell the emperor she has no clothes.
Here are a couple of related posts…
The Enemy is Me
A Leader’s First Lesson in Self-Awareness: Shut Up and Listen
Dan McCarthy hosts the November, 2010 Leadership Development Carnival at his Great Leadership site. Sample the 40+ management and leadership articles posted this month.
Stan Slap, author of Bury My Heart at Conference Room B, is our guest on this episode of The Management Tips Podcast Series. Stan explains that emotional commitment is the key to optimal performance, and the only way to achieve it is to live your deepest values at work. Listen in to find out more.