So what do you imagine? Then be it. That’s self-awareness.

No one imagines, “I want to be a bad boss.”

Do they?

Even with mythical hard-ass leaders like Jobs and Ellison who tend to whip up the media frenzy, anecdotally the word on the street is that they hire good people who manage good people.

Otherwise, what keeps them together should be the things that tear them apart.

But for every two mythical hard-assess, there are hundreds of well-run companies with empathic people-skilled leaders that don’t get the media attention.

But wait, what about —

Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.

The more that things change, the more they stay the same.

For business basics, maybe. But today’s leaders must learn to integrate self-awareness and other “softies” in order to succeed long-term.

So what do you imagine? Is this a reality for you and your management team?

My oldest toddler daughter is a big Yo Gabba Gabba fan (as am I) and we have one of their many books titled Let’s Use Our Imaginations.

The premise is simple — imagine you can be anything you want, and then be it. I was raised that way and I know we’ll pass that along to our girls.

Now let’s get to some research. A recent article in Chief Learning Office titled What Predicts Executive Success? share some (not so surprising) results from a new study by organizational consulting firm Green Peak Partners in collaboration with a research team at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Here are a few of the study’s findings:

  • “Bully” traits that are often seen as part of a business-building culture were typically signs of incompetence and lack of strategic intellect. (And we’re seeing too much of that everywhere out there today.)
  • When evaluating a senior-level candidate, a company should spend as much time exploring how he or she gets things done as what he or she claims to have accomplished.
  • Self-awareness is a primary driver of an executive’s effectiveness.

The executives most likely to deliver good bottom-line results are actually self-aware leaders who are especially good at working with individuals and in teams.

So what do you imagine? Then be it. That’s self-awareness.

Take our Glowan 17-Second “People Skills” Survey and answer this one question:

What are the most important “people skills” to assess and develop in your employees, managers and leaders today?

Thank you. Be better and brighter.


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