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How self-aware are you?

Last week, I announced I’m launching a 3-month series…as part of my weekly newsletter.

The series is called: 


Learn the 3-pillars of leadership success.

Today we will start with pillar one: Know yourself.

To quote Maya Angelo, “When you know better, you do better.”

So, when I work with a new group of leaders, I always begin the learning process by developing their self-awareness.

If you are a leader who lacks self-awareness, your behavior is most likely causing disengagement in your team.  

For example, my client Sarah recently left a job she loves because she felt criticized, micromanaged, and unsupported by her boss.

Her boss, who lacks self-awareness, was shocked when Sarah resigned. 

He really had no idea that by being so controlling, he was stifling the development of his direct reports. 

I call this behavior “unconscious leadership.”

What is the impact of “unconscious leadership” on your team and your organization? 

Well, it most often results in:

  • lack of retention 
  • low engagement
  • poor performance 

Can you afford to have “unconscious leaders” in your company?

If you are an “unconscious leader,” will you achieve your desired career goals?

I think not!

So, how can you become a “conscious leader“?

Self-Awareness Assessment

You can take a short self-assessment highlighting the most common “unconscious” behaviors I see regularly.

To help you “know yourself” better, read the list and identify the areas that describe your current behavior. Be honest. The only way to grow is to be clear on the areas you need to change or develop.

Download self-assessment.

How did you do?

Whether you checked one or many of these areas on this list is great. 

Now you can move these behaviors from “unconscious” to “conscious.” Once you become aware of the behaviors limiting your success, you can develop them.

Personal growth and “knowing yourself” are not “nice to have” for leaders; they are necessary for the success of your team and your business. 

Ready for some one-on-one coaching to work on some of your leadership gaps identified in the quiz? Reach out any time at

And do you have any colleagues or team members that could benefit from this 3-months series?

If so, they are welcome to register here

Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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