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Go beyond+ self-awareness

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To be an effective leader, you need to understand your own emotions and reactions. Learn how to become more self-aware with these seven expert tips.

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  • Excellent practice points for conscious awareness for all, management and your team. Focusing your attention using these methods will highlight important skills and needs alike.
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Go beyond+ self-awareness

  1. 1. “ Go beyond+ self-awareness 7 tips to improve your emotional intelligence and enhance your leadership potential.
  2. 2. To be an effective leader, it’s important to understand your own emotions—and reactions. We recently asked experts to share their advice on how to best improve your emotional intelligence and enhance your leadership potential. Here are 7 tips to help you get started.
  3. 3. Tip #1: Seek feedback Find external business coaches, internal mentors or trusted friends who can give you honest, candid feedback.
  4. 4. Tip #2: Practice meditation Give your brain downtime so it can bring awareness to things you’re normally too busy to notice.
  5. 5. Tip #3: Practice responding Give yourself time to thoughtfully process situations before taking action. Then practice how you’d respond.
  6. 6. Tip #4: Spend time reflecting Give yourself permission to think about who you truly are. Schedule a block of time on your calendar and think about what gets you excited.
  7. 7. Tip #5: Identify reactions Be honest with yourself about your emotions. This increases emotional transparency and helps you better communicate with others.
  8. 8. Tip #6: Take assessments Leverage tools like the Myers-Briggs test to provide data points on your communication style, business acumen and emotional intelligence.
  9. 9. Tip #7: Make a plan Think about how you’ve approached different experiences, the impact you’ve had on others and what you might do differently in the future.
  10. 10. Thank you to the following expert contributors:  Amy Brann, Keynote speaker, Employee Experience shaper, Synaptic Potential  Jeannie Sullivan, Learning Strategist and Business Coach, Jeannie Sullivan, Inc.  Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA, VP-Finance at 1st Financial Bank USA  Jen Shirkani, CEO of Penumbra Group, Inc.  George Hallenbeck, Director – Commercialization, Center for Creative Leadership

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