Self awareness and well-being

Self awareness and well-being

Good leadership starts with self-awareness and self-confidence - having an honest understanding of your own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs and drives, and recognising how your feelings affect you and others, and your job performance.

Looking after your own well being is another important part of being a good leader.

  Check the hints and tips section for practical input to your conversations.

Keep in mind


Match the tool to the task

  • Learn important things about yourself, as well as improve communication and trust with others, with the Johari window tool.
  • In life there are things we cannot control, use What's in my control? to help you focus on areas you can influence and expand your circle of control.
  • Emotional intelligence is a critical ingredient in leadership – it distinguishes outstanding leaders and can be linked to strong performance. Use the Emotional intelligence questionnaire to understand your emotional intelligence.
  • Build your Well-being@work plan to help you feel good and function well.

Related policies and links

Further reading

  • Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman (2006)
  • Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, Martin E. P. Seligman (2011)

Hints and tips for conversations

  • Be honest. Know what you are good at and what you still need to learn. With an accurate assessment of your abilities you can tell the difference between self-doubt and lack of skill.
  • Practice. If there is a job or task that you are worried about, practice doing it. Preparation builds both skill and confidence.
  • Embrace new opportunities. Playing to your strengths is smart, but not if it means you don't try new things. Conquer fresh challenges to remind yourself what you are capable of.

Designed and developed for the London Leadership Academy by Heather Schoenheimer Consulting, in conjunction with the Royal Free London Foundation Trust OD Department