"Know thyself" - Socrates

"Know thyself" these words, attributed to Socrates were inscribed on the Temple of Delphi over 2000 years ago. The idea that we should learn all that we can about ourselves has stood the test of time. This journey of self-discovery becomes more challenging in today's world where leaders are saturated with fast paced, complex and global change.

Author: Vicki Townsley Published: 8 January, 2015

Navigating change successfully requires leaders to accept and adapt on a personal level as well as a professional one in order to be authentic: Who am I and how do I respond to these changes as a person and as a leader? Today a leader must be self-aware.

The end of a year presents an opportunity for reflection and looking back allows us to look in the mirror and draw insight into ourselves. Here are some questions that promote reflection. You can think of your own. What's important is the reflection.

- What did I do this year to promote fulfilment in my life?
- What am I most proud of?
- What made me happy?
- What did I do to challenge myself?
- What do I regret?
- Where did I allow fear to dominate my thinking/behaviour?
- When did I doubt myself?

Now, based on this reflection, connect the dots.

  • What conclusions can I draw about myself?
  • What worked to promote happiness and fulfilment in my life?
  • What didn't?
  • What can I do differently in 2015 to increase my happiness and fulfilment?

Steve Jobs, when sharing his personal experience with students from Stanford, concluded ' you can only connect the dots looking back' to illustrate to students that life is not always mapped out and predictable. What's important is that you continue to learn and do what you believe in as you travel your path.

Knowing who you are now is the first and most important step in deciding who you will be in the future. Years of research have established that the information needed to allow insight, growth and self-improvement to occur is contained within our thoughts.

We at Ethical Quest believe that when people are provided with accurate information about the way they think, they can bring about positive, productive changes in their behaviour and increase their overall effectiveness.

Use this New Year to celebrate achievement for 2014 and to renew motivation and commitment to yourself in 2015.

We wish you peace and prosperity for 2015.

leadership development, emotional intelligence, personal development