As a leader, being self-aware is an important skill to have. However, most people are not as self-aware as they think they are. Harvard Business Review states, “95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are.” While self-awareness is rare, there are ways to increase your insight. Tasha Eurich explores how to find self-awareness in her book Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves, and Why the Answers Matter More Than We Think, through various strategies.
Many people view self-awareness as knowing who we are. However, Eurich explains that it is also how others view us. It is very common for people to be aware of their actions, but they do not know how their actions affect others. It has been proven that self-awareness is necessary for success, lasting relationships, and making the right choices. In the book, Eurich uses several real-life examples of CEOs and leaders who once struggled with having insight, but when learning how others felt about them changed.
Eurich outlines seven pillars of insight to self-awareness in the book; values, passions, aspirations, fit, patterns, reactions, and impacts. Values are defined as the principles that guide us. They represent the person we want to be and give us a guideline on defining our actions. Our passions are what we love to do, while aspirations are what we want to experience and achieve. A person has to understand their fit in the world or the environment they need to be fulfilled in the workplace. Patterns are defined as how we do things like think, feel, and behave, while reactions are our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors on how we react to situations and reveal our strengths and weaknesses. The final pillar is our impact, which is finding out the effect we have on others. Understanding and practicing these seven pillars can help a person find insight and lead more effectively.
In her book, Eurich explains how one can become more self-aware and gain insight into their life. This is an important skill to have as a leader because you need to understand how your actions affect others around you. It is common for people to think they are the best boss around, but they do not know how their actions affect their employees. Luckily, you can change your delusional self by reading Eurich’s book and engaging with the seven pillars in your daily life.