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.
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::
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
Verified learners who enroll in the Power Lab will have these additional takeaways:
Know current level of self-awareness
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.
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