Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. Over her 15-plus-year career, she’s helped thousands of leaders around the world become more self-aware and successful.
With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Dr. Eurich is the principal of The Eurich Group, a boutique executive development firm that helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders and teams. Having worked with clients like T-Mobile, KPMG, Walmart, Vail Resorts, and HCA Healthcare, her primary areas of expertise are executive coaching, leadership development programs, and executive team development.
Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2013. Her latest book, Insight, delves into the connection between self-awareness and success, where she shares the surprising findings from her multi-year research program on the topic
What is self awareness?
“It is seeing ourselves clearly.” Specifically-
- understanding who we are,
- how others see us and
- how we fit into the world around us.
One of the biggest myths of self awareness is that we are self aware. They found that 95% of people feel that they are self award but in reality only 10-15% of people actually are self aware.
2 core sets of knowledge of self awareness
- Internal self aware: I know who I am, what I want, what I value
- Requires a commitment to look inside of ourselves that is not always comfortable or easy
- Tend to make choices that make them happy
- External self awareness: knowing how other people see us
- What if I ask others and no one sees me as I do.
- Sometimes I ask others’ opinions without thinking about what I really want.
- May need to work on it if someone gave you experience that blindsided you. For example, spouse leaves, getting fired from job
- How often do you ask for feedback? How did I do on the presentation?
Why is self awareness important?
If we, as leaders, improve self awareness:
- it makes us better performers and
- more promotable.
- will have more engaged employees
- stronger marriages
- better communicator
- avoid unethical behavior
- less likely to lie cheat and steal.
- lead more profitable companies
What can an employee do in a company?
- Give an HR rep a call to find what assessments are available, for example 360 evaluations.
- Starting with a boss, ask for critical feedback.
- The most successful leaders ask for critical feedback often.
- Formalize this with your boss to keep the feedback ongoing.
- Meet regularly
Alarm clock events
- Earth quake events – turns around a serious event
- New roles and new rules
- Starting a new job – ripe moments for self awareness
- Everyday insight – comment from someone that gives a new perspective.
What you will learn in this episode:
- What is self-awareness
- Myths about self-awareness
- How many people are actually self-aware
- Examples of self-aware CEOs
- What are Self awareness unicorns
- All about the Impact Yourself Daily App