Importance of Self-Assessment in Leadership Roles

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Leadership is based on a complex interaction between the leader and the existing social and circumstantial environment, i.e. the current team and project characteristics. With continuous changes in team and project structure, the leader is expected to modify his/her efforts accordingly in order to ensure efficiency and success. Therefore, leaders find themselves in a never-ending learning experience during which adjustments in leadership style will not only be required, but will have to be sought and actively embraced. Such a constant evolution and progression of one’s leadership style also involves continuous self-assessment in order to evaluate the past and current performance and consequently improve the future leadership potential. The following four paragraphs aim to identify and discuss some of the major benefits that leaders will have when engaging in an honest self-assessment process, but will also highlight typical pitfalls in self-evaluation. SELF ASSESSMENT CAN IMPROVE EMOTIONAL & SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE Emotional intelligence in leadership has been described by Prati et al. as “the ability to read and understand others in social contexts, to detect the nuances of emotional reactions, and to utilize such knowledge to influence others through emotional regulation and control” (Prati et al., 2003). Importantly, emotional intelligence also comprises the capability to monitor, understand and regulate ones’ own emotions (Salovey and Mayer, 1990) and evidently overlaps with
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