In this episode of the CQ for Global Leaders Podcast, Tom discusses the importance of self-awareness in leadership. 


  • Self-awareness means being attuned to yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
  • We all have weaknesses or areas where we can improve. The key challenge is figuring out how we fix those gaps.
  • Our strength is what makes us unique.
  • Acknowledging feedback allows you to demonstrate vulnerability and openness. It helps you realign or recalibrate your behaviour as a leader.
  • Self-awareness is critical for improvement. 
  • Being a leader is really all about influencing other people and a lot of it has to do with self-awareness.
  • Having a high level of self-awareness is being able to spend some quiet time to recharge before drawing on another aspect of your personality.
  • There are numerous tools that you can use to help you identify your strengths and areas of opportunities or development e.g feedback from others, having a coach, and having people who may be your trusted advisers.
  • We all have blind spots or things that are happening to us that we are not aware of and we need other people to point those out.
  • Self-awareness is all about how you show up as a leader.  

Today’s Take-away

    • How would you rate your level of self-awareness?
    • What can you do to increase or broaden your level of self-awareness?
    • How do you become the best version of yourself?

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