If you are like me you have taken many assessments. It is valuable information that can be put to good use.

Self-awareness is the first component of emotional intelligence. People who have a high degree of self-awareness recognize how their feelings affect them, other people, and their job performance.

Self-awareness extends to a person’s understanding of his or her goals. People with high self-awareness know where they are headed. People with high self- awareness are able to speak accurately and openly about their feelings and the impact these emotions have on their work.

Self-aware people know, and are comfortable talking about their limitations and strengths, and they often demonstrate comfort with receiving constructive criticism.

Self-aware people can also be recognized by their self-confidence. They have a realistic understanding of their capabilities and are less likely to set themselves up for failure. They also know when to ask for help.

People who possess self-awareness often have a self-deprecating sense of humor; which is socially comfortable for all.

People with a strong sense of self-awareness have a deep understanding of their own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, and drives. People with strong self-awareness are neither overly critical nor unrealistically hopeful. Rather, they are honest with themselves and with others.

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