Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~ Tao
I enjoy meeting people who are self-aware. I look for the opportunity to work with them wherever possible. Working with them usually turns out to be a great experience where I end up gaining more and learning something from the interaction. Self-awareness means knowing your strengths, weaknesses, knowing what you want to become, what drives you, what you care about, etc. It is a sense of who you are and a vision of the person you want to become. Usually self-aware people tend to make the most by playing to their personal strengths and compensate their weakness by working with people whose strengths are complementary to them. They are comfortable in their own skin; try to live their own life rather than mimic and be someone else.
To develop self-awareness though one should be willing to hold a mirror and seek an honest picture. As easier as it sound – it is hard to develop self-awareness. It helps to be surrounded by lot of trusting family and friends who are candid and able to provide you with an honest feedback. There are few other ways people can assess their personality traits; their strengths and weakness such as by using Myers-Briggs; DISC; StrengthFinders; 360 reviews, etc. What is vital though is be true to yourself and more we become aware of ourself – we gain acknowledgement of our own “quirks” better.
People who are self-aware usually stand out as they know themselves really well and play the role that suit them. It make them generally candid, competent and confident. Learning to become self-aware is a good starting point to grow individual leadership skill and increase your span of influence.