Let’s Get Started: Building Self-Awareness

Effective leaders know themselves well. They capitalize on their strengths and manage their weaknesses using self-awareness. Learn how self-aware you are and how you can use self-awareness to intentionally develop your management and leadership skills.


What You Will Learn

  • Why great leaders are self-aware
  • What you can change and what you can’t about yourself and others
  • What is self-awareness
  • Value of self-awareness personally and professionally
  • What is your level of self-awareness
  • How to improve self-awareness to engage in personal development
  • What is your current level of management skills
  • What is your decision-making style
  • What is the best use of your decision-making style
  • Value of management skills
  • Set SMART goals for development of management skills
  • Set SMART goals for use of strengths in management skills
  • Where to learn the skills needing further development

About This Course

Great leaders are just ordinary people with the right skills at the right time. To become a great leader, however, you have to know yourself well. This means acknowledging and embracing your strengths. It also means understanding and learning to manage your weaknesses. It’s tougher than that sounds. How do you know what your strengths and weaknesses are? What are your core personality attributes? How do you make decisions? What’s your decision-making style? How do you know? How do you know accurately?

This certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills which are essential to professional, not to mention life, success.

Knowing what you can change and what you can’t is invaluable knowledge. Stop investing in trying to change the unchangeable -- your traits -- and learn to work with them. Stop trying to change others’ traits, too. Learn to work with your strengths, build new skills and perfect existing ones. Then do the same for your team. To start, you must have self-awareness.

Within self-awareness are several dimensions essential for effective leadership::

Emotional intelligence
Personal values
Cognitive style, how you think
Orientation to change
Core personality attributes

With the exception of core personality traits which are much less open to change, all other areas of self-awareness are open for development.

Verified learners can access the Power Lab to take self-assessments and receive confidential, benchmarked results. In this course, self-assessments include: core self-evaluation, core personality attributes, self-awareness, and cognitive style, how you make decisions.

From these assessments, verified learners can identify their current strengths and opportunities for growth. You can set goals for your own development with confidence. And, you will learn key practices for how to move from goal to action to strength.

Immediately useful takeaways from this course include enormous self-knowledge of your:

Self-awareness and how to improve it
Core personality attributes and benefits
Thinking styles and how to deploy them
Best practice management skills
Personal SMART goals to develop
Thinking styles
Management skills

Verified learners who enroll in the Power Lab will have these additional takeaways:

Know current level of self-awareness

At A Glance

  • Expert Instruction Build Skills
  • Self-Paced Progress at your own speed
  • 5 Weeks 2-3 hours per week
  • Free or $199.00 For the full program experience Discounted to $179.10 when you purchase the full Re-Imagining Leadership Professional Certificate Program.
  • 10 Professional Development Units (PDUs) Earn PDUs toward your Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Mangement Professional (PMP) certification

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Your Instructor

Jocelyn S. Davis

Professor Davis is an innovative educator whose specialty lies in educating students in Managing Project Teams and Evolving as Project Leader. She is the sole instructor and creator of the Re-Imaging Leadership Professional Certificate on edX.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • I really enjoyed the course. It was well planned and layout, easy for me to follow. I could finish everything with enough time, learn about the topics and not feel over loaded and rushed. I definitely believe I could grow better in my professional and personal life with these wonderful experience. Pijush Roy
  • This certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills that are essential to professional, not to mention life, success. Anonymous
  • This online course introduced new pathways for self development as I was able to assess my personal/professional strengths and weaknesses. This course has truly helped me in becoming aware on which areas I could improve more, in approaching and accepting changes as challenges, and focusing on what I can control by maintaining balance in approaching situations. I also learned about strengthening my inner core by improving cognitive styles that could also help in making and acting on valuable decisions. Anonymous
  • This course helped me to understand what self-awareness actually is. It was eye opening for me to know where I was all these days and where I really need to improve myself in order to develop real self-awareness. I am very happy to have taken this course. I definitely believe I could grow more in my career and in my personal life. Overall, the course was good. Anonymous
  • The most beautiful part of this course is that it tells what skills, different styles, habits, and later on explains how to build them. One can be a good manger or leader through this course. I give my sincere thanks to edX team as well as my coach and mentor, Jocelyn Davis, for giving me such wonderful guidance. Anonymous

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Week 1
Week 1: The Key to Making Change: Self-Awareness
  • Introduction to Module
  • What is Self-Awareness
  • Why Does Self-Awareness Matter
  • Toolkit for Building Self-Awareness
  • The Big Ideas
Week 2
Week 2: All about You: Thinking & Changing
  • Introduction to Module
  • Thinking Styles
  • Attitude towards Change
  • Putting It Together for Best Job Fit
  • The Big Ideas
Week 3
Week 3: You as a Manager/Leader: What’s Your Baseline?
  • Introduction to Module
  • What are Management/Leadership Skills?
  • Why Do They Matter?
  • What’s Your Baseline?
  • The Big Ideas
Week 4
Week 4: Setting Goals & Making Plans
  • Introduction to Module
  • How & Why to Set Goals
  • How & Why to Set Plans
  • Setting Your Goals and Plans
  • The Big Ideas
Week 5
Week 5: The Big Ideas & Segue to Let’s Get Personal: Working with Personality Type
  • Introduction to Module
  • The Big Ideas from Let’s Get Started: You First
  • Your Goals & Action Plans: Making It Happen
  • The Great Tools from Let’s Get Started: You First
  • The Big Ideas

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