From Shame to Self-Awareness
There's another way of looking at shame
“The greatest gift you ever give is your honest self.” — Fred Rogers
Self-awareness is a remarkable leadership skill.
Practiced in real-time, or at least daily, it has the power to help you be more sensitive and thoughtful in your approach and it opens your eyes to how others see you.
Situational self-awareness allows you to course-correct and change your behavior or approach in the moment, without reproach or reprimand.
When you’re self-aware and can show empathy simultaneously, people will fall over each other to follow you.
Late-blooming self-awareness—that is, self-awareness obtained through reflection weeks, months, or even years after the fact—can be a crippling process.
We’ve all had the experience in which we were dumbstruck in a conversation, unable to reply to someone who took us completely off guard. They make a remark and we find ourselves devoid of a witty rejoinder or a defensive retort.
What do we do?
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