The Number One Career and Life Skill You Need to Develop

Self-awareness is frequently cited as the top skill needed to succeed in work and in life. But what does it mean to have self-awareness—and how do you get it? In his highly respected Harvard Business Review article “What Makes a Leader,” psychologist Daniel Goleman defines self-awareness as “having a deep understanding of one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, and drives,” as well as their effects on others. Goleman identifies self-awareness as one of five components of emotional intelligence , a set of skills which, he argues, distinguishes great leaders from good leaders. “Without [emotional intelligence], a person can have […]

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