This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

This week, the spotlight is on … you.

Self-awareness is the basis of Emotional Intelligence and the basis of leading with trust.

To know yourself is to be cognizant of your full inventory of weaknesses, triggers, hot buttons as well as strengths, interests, and sources of passion and purpose.

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I’m not talking about narcissistic self-obsessed perfectionism. I’m talking about achieving a level of self-awareness that paradoxically improves your ability to connect with others.

The more self-aware you are, the better you are able to manage yourself. Knowing yourself means you’re less likely to act automatically from your blind spots and more likely to make choices that are consistent with what you value and feel passionately about.

How well do you know you? How often do you use that knowledge to be the best you?

Make It Real

This week, take time to get to know yourself a little better. Journal about what matters to you. Take a self-assessment and reflect on your results (the free Trust Quotient is here, if you’ve never tried it). Ask a trusted colleague for their best advice to you. Or all of the above.

Learn More


Read more about the five essential trust skills (one of them is Know Yourself), or find out more about three ways to expand your self-knowledge in Chapter 10 of The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook.

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Andrea Howe

As the founder of The Get Real Project, I am the steward of our vision and our service offerings, as well as a workshop leader and keynote speaker. Above all else, I am an entrepreneur on a mission: to kick conventional business wisdom to the curb and transform how people work together as a result. I am also the co-author, with Charles H. Green, of The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Wiley, 2012).