Self-awareness is considered one of the most essential interpersonal skills for effective leadership. Individual and organizational outcomes are highly dependent upon the self-awareness of individuals. Likewise, this competency has been proven to distinguish between high and average performing managers. 
Due in part to how the popular press and most managers typically define self-awareness, most leaders have a limited understanding of leader self-awareness, let alone how to develop it in themselves and others. To complicate things, our workplaces are often not helpful in enabling leaders to avoid the pitfalls that come with a lack of self-awareness such as leader self-deception and leader derailment. 
This short recorded presentation defines leader self-awareness and makes a business case for why it is so essential to effective leadership. In addition, we will answer the following questions:
  • How have organizations sought to help executives become more self-aware?
  • Have some organizations sought to measure leader self-awareness? If so, how?
  • What can executives do to develop leader self-awareness and avoid its antithesis, leader self-deception? 

​About the Presenter 

Dr. Scott N. Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Babson College. The primary focus of his research is leader assessment and development. His research focuses on competency development (especially emotional and social competence), leader self-awareness, management education, multi-source feedback assessment, executive coaching, and sustainable individual change. Professor Taylor has been an instructor and facilitator of leadership development, employee training, and organizational behavior courses to executive, graduate, and undergraduate students. 
Professor Taylor has over fifteen years of experience as an executive coach and organization and leadership development consultant. He has worked with organizations including Alcoa, The Boston Globe, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Coca-Cola, Fifth Third Bank, KeyCorp, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Pemex Gas y Petroquimica Basica, Roadway Express, Sabre Inc.,/Travelocity, Sherwin Williams, and the Smucker Company. Professor Taylor is an accredited consultant for the Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI) and a core member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations. ​ ​​​​