Becoming Self-aware Becoming self-aware begins with an introspective understanding of your values, thought patterns and motivations, all of which are essential to personal development and better interactions with others. Self-awareness is an anchor, enabling you as a leader to stay true to yourself and perform at your highest level in service to the American public. The five subcompetencies to becoming self-aware include: Self-ReflectionAuthenticityEmotional IntelligenceIntegrityContinuous Learning Looking to further develop your public service leadership capabilities? Check out the Partnership’s wide variety of training programs. Self-reflection Regularly reflect, test assumptions and seek feedback. “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” – Margaret J. Wheatley, Writer and organizational behavior consultant PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP IN ACTION Tips for Self-Assessment This Partnership blog provides tangible and actionable steps and reminders for leaders as they explore feedback from others through self-assessments. Read the post Les Lyles’ Leadership Journey General Les Lyles shares the story of his leadership journey in service to the country, including notable points of self-reflection on values and contribution. Leading Innovation in Government Report This Partnership report explores the attributes of innovative leaders, with “self-aware learner” at its center. Download the report REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS What strengths do I bring to my work?In what areas do I feel unsteady and want to improve?How will I seek continuous feedback about my performance? Who are my trusted sources for feedback? Additional resources READ: How A Daily Self-Reflection Practice Improves Leadership Performance – Naz Beheshti, Contributing writer and consultant, Forbes READ: A Time for Reflection: Understanding Yourself in Times of Change – Stacie M. Rivera, Public Affairs Specialist at Veterans Affairs, GovLoop WATCH: The Science of Character – Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, author, public speaker Related competencies Emotional IntelligenceContinuous LearningAccountability Authenticity Act according to your belief system. “Authentic Leaders are not afraid to show emotion and vulnerability as they share in the challenges with their team. Developing a solid foundation of trust with open and honest communication is critical to authentic leadership.” – Farshad Asl, The “No Excuses” Mindset: A Life of Purpose, Passion, and Clarity PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP IN ACTION Leading Negotiations with Authenticity Nicole Nelson-Jean demonstrated authenticity as she led U.S. delegates to the Arctic Circle for negotiations with Russian officials to better secure Russia’s nuclear materials and weapons. Learn more about Nicole Doug Conant on Being Self-aware Doug Conant reflects on his career as former CEO and president of Campbell Soup Company pinpointing a vital element for a successful leader – self-awareness. How the Peace Corps Welcomed Back Employees In this blog post, Peace Corps CHCO, Traci DiMartini identifies authenticity as a tip for managers to embrace as staff come back to work after a lapse in appropriations. Read the post REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS How do I want to be known to others? What qualities of myself are most important to demonstrate?In what situations or with what people do I tend to:Hide or downplay myself or my strengths, orFear admitting my flaws, orForget my personal boundaries, orFeel as if I’m not good enough, orCreate pressure to “fit in”Examining the above situations or people, what might be contributing to this tendency to shy away from authenticity? Additional resources READ: Seeking Authentic Leadership? – Ruth McGowan, Research Scientist and consultant WATCH: Authentic Leadership – Dana Born, retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force WATCH: The Authenticity Paradox – Herminia Ibarra, Author and Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School Related competencies Emotional IntelligenceIntegrityRelationship Building Emotional Intelligence Recognize your emotions and those of others; use this information to manage behavior. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, Civil rights activist, poet, author PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP IN ACTION Managing the Ebola Crisis Read about Mia Beers’ success in helping manage the ebola crisis in West Africa while also considering the emotions and customs of both the affected communities and her USAID team. Learn more about Mia Are you an agitated leader? Here are four tips to help you stay “CALM” This Partnership blog will help leaders in developing emotional discipline, particularly during stressful times. Read the post How Kindness Contributes to Leadership Listen to General Les Lyles talk about how kindness contributes to leadership effectiveness. REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS How might I practice paying attention to my experience and being present? When I’m feeling stressed, what techniques do I use to cope?What is my level of awareness about how emotions play into my work? The work of others? Additional resources READ: 5 Skills to Help You Develop Emotional Intelligence – Mark Manson, Author and personal development consultant WATCH: Empathy vs. Sympathy – Brené Brown, Research Professor and author WATCH: Strategies to Become More Emotionally Intelligent – Daniel Goleman, Author and behavioral scientist Related competencies Self-ReflectionAdaptability Relationship Building Integrity Follow moral and ethical principles. “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” – Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and philanthropist PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP IN ACTION Shaping the Government’s Legal Position Learn about Edwin Kneedler’s unwavering integrity and candor as he has worked to tell his clients’ stories fairly and uphold the U.S. Constitution throughout his career at the Department of Justice. Learn More about Edwin Charlie Bolden on Leading in Government In this interview, former NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden talks about the unique nature of leading in government and keeping the public good as the focus. Stephen Covey on Integrity Listen to Stephen M.R. Covey describe how federal leaders demonstrate integrity. REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS What moral principles tend to guide my work? Think back to a time when faced with an ethical dilemma. How did I handle it? What did I learn from it?Am I inclined to “do the right thing, even when no one is looking?” What helps or hinders me in practicing integrity? Additional resources READ: Leading with Character: Integrity – Michael Lee Stallard, author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work READ: Why Integrity Remains One of the Top Leadership Attributes – Terri Williams, Economist contributing author and journalist WATCH: Simplifying Humility and Integrity – Joe Sibini, Ted Talk speaker Related competencies AuthenticityInfluenceEvidence-Based Decision Making Continuous Learning Constantly seek to grow and learn. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy, President of the United States PUBLIC SERVICE LEADERSHIP IN ACTION Keeping Talent Report Read in the Partnership’s Keeping Talent Report (2011) about the various tools that agencies can use to support employees and keep retention rates high. Download the report Continuing Personal Growth In this blog post, Sammies award winner Omar Perez Aybar talks about why continued personal growth and excellence go hand in hand. Read the post Advancing Medical Science Discover the genius of Ann Mckee, who has spent her career advancing medical science in the field of head trauma through extensive research and study of environmental impacts on the brain. Learn more about Ann REFLECTIVE QUESTIONS How often am I taking time for formal learning? Informal or on-the-job learning? What sources of feedback do I have on my performance and my professionalism? How will I capture or codify what I’m learning? Additional resources READ: Future of Work Requires Leaders Who Value Learning in the Flow of Life – Amy A. Titus, Managing Director in Human Capital at Deloitte Consulting and ATD contributor READ: Why Continuous Learning is a Sign of Great Leadership – Sean Jacobson, HR Business Consultant and contributor to Leader2Leader WATCH: The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day Related competencies Self-ReflectionEmbracing Risk and UncertaintyAdaptability © 2020 Partnership for Public Service, Inc. All rights reserved.