In this Expert Insight Interview, Anda Goseco discusses the importance of self-awareness in leadership. Anda Goseco is a global executive and leadership coach who has been coaching Fortune 500 leaders for 11+ years.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The complex nature of leadership
- Why leaders are reactive rather than proactive
- The importance of stepping out of your comfort zone
Leadership and Self-Awareness
Leadership today is more complex than ever in many ways. Leaders can get pulled into many directions and feel like they need to do so many different things. Sometimes this means they become very reactive rather than strategic and forward-thinking. So, how can leaders recognize that they might be stretching themselves too thin?
According to Anda, it takes a lot of self-awareness. Putting it like this makes it sound straightforward, but self-awareness is very complex because it depends on your triggers and how reactive you are to the environment, among other things.
Reactivity vs Proactivity
The reason many leaders are reactive, and why most were particularly reactive during this pandemic, is because humans are built to be problem-solvers. This means we often dive head-first into solving problems without first taking a step back and assessing what we need to do or even what outcome we’re trying to achieve.
Self-awareness holds many people back from achieving their potential. It is a lot harder to help somebody grow and change if they haven’t done enough to figure themselves out first. It can be a long and painful journey, but you have to be able to stick with it.
Leaving Your Comfort Zone
Growth is all about pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone. Sometimes it means having to face some hard choices. We need to let go of some things and stop doing things that are not effective. These are often habits that we picked up along the way and have known for a long time that they’re not good for us, but we haven’t had the strength to let them go.
Your comfort zone may be comfortable, but it is not doing you any good. That said, it takes a lot of courage to admit that things are not working and that it is time for a major change.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist