What is Self-Awareness?

Socrates said “Know Thyself”. Self-Awareness is the ability to know oneself deeply and act from that knowledge. It includes being clear about what we do well, what motivates us and what upsets us. It includes being able to see ourselves as an outsider would see us and recognizing triggers and emotions as they arise so we can manage them.

One of my favorite quotes is from Lao Tzu,

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power“.

The below are a few links to resources you might find useful.

Myers Briggs Assessment

This measures your preferences in terms of what gives you energy and how you make decisions. Go here to get a free assessment report of your Myers Briggs indicator.

Purpose Assessment

This helps you discover purpose. Go to www.ThePurposeLink.com. Click on the bottom to find the Purpose Profiler. You will need a code which you get when you purchase the book “The Purpose Linked Organization” by Alaina Love (no code is available if you download it, so buy the physical book).

Strengths Finder

Research shows people are more engaged and better performers when they exercise their strengths. To discover your unique strengths, go here to purchase your access code.

Positive Intelligence

This is based on a book called Positive Intelligence and measures the level you’re driven by fear or positive emotions. Take the assessments here. The Saboteur Assessment is one I recommend to all my executive coaching clients.

Find Your Unique Gift

Related to the Strengths Finder, this tool and set of practices gets more specific with you identifying what you do really well and in what situations. It also helps you identify what are some potential derailers of this. Here’s the link to Find Your Unique Gift from the author of Tribal Leadership.

Energy Audit

To discover how you manage your own energy and get customized tips from The Energy Project, go here. The work is from Tony Schwartz who wrote The Power of Full Engagement. In my work with my clients, I find that being fully fueled up is a great enabler to the leadership growth work they do. To discover how you manage the energy of your team as a team leader go here.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence has been shown to account for 58% of the performance results in all types of jobs. It is the biggest predictor of success and the strongest driver of leadership. Those high in EQ account for 90% of top performers and earn on average $29,000 more than those low in EQ. The good news is that unlike IQ, EQ can be learned. To discover and grow yours, go to www.TalentSmart.com/test. You will need an access code that you get when you purchase the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0.


Try this online self-assessment by the authors of “The Trusted Advisor” to understand how trustworthy you are. Here’s the link. You will get a mini-report and ideas on how to build trust, a key driver of leadership and business results.


Everyone experiences failure. How well do you bounce back from failure. To discover and grow resilience, try the self-assessment and tools offered by Resiliency In Action.


If you are like most people, the voice of the inner critic is often louder than the inner coach. This voice prevents you from taking risks and even rebounding from failure. Here’s an assessment of How Self-Compassionate You Are offered by researcher Kristin Neff.

How You Best Learn

This short questionnaire (The Vark Questionnaire) can help you determine the type of learner you are. Overall, each of us has access to potentially three styles of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) but we tend to have a preference for one style. Knowing our learning style can help us to more effectively learn and retain knowledge.

Personal Mission Statement Builder

From Franklin Covey, this is a start to help you think through your personal mission statement.

If you would like to work with me based on these results, contact me here.

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