Self-awareness is the ability to see ourselves clearly. Research shows that 95% of us think that we are self-aware but the reality is that 10-15% actually are self-aware. This minority are what Tasha Eurich calls “Self-Awareness Unicorns”.
If you haven’t heard of Tasha Eurich, we recommend that you look her up immediately. She has carried out extensive research into the fascinating subject of self-awareness and has written a book called Insight on the subject. At its core is Eurich’s own research and work in the Fortune 500 world combined with a huge study into people who have made dramatic improvements to their self-awareness.
Self-awareness is a surprisingly learnable skill. People who are self-aware are more fulfilled, have stronger relationships, are more creative and more confident. They also perform better at work and are more promotable as they make more effective leaders. So, there is a definite benefit for organisations to encourage their employees to be more self-aware.