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Self-Discovery in Leadership: The Importance of Locating Yourself

[fa icon="calendar"] 08-Jul-2024 07:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva

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In the world of leadership, where the ability to inspire, motivate, and guide others is paramount, the skill of leading with consciousness and intentionality becomes a defining attribute that distinguishes exceptional leaders from the rest. I face this every day with my own team and the challenges we face. 

As the demands on leaders grow increasingly complex due to the fast-paced business environment. we live in, the need for a deeper understanding of oneself becomes crucial, enabling leaders to navigate their roles with clarity, empathy, and resilience.

We recently spoke about the difference between emotional intelligence (EI) and social intelligence (SI) - both crucial for the success of anyone, not just leaders. Today I want to show you a great video I came across about self-discovery as an integral tool for leadership and your EI and SI. 

Before we go into the video, let me cover a few important points.

Understanding "Locating Yourself"

The phrase "Locating Yourself" in the context of conscious leadership suggests a profound journey of self-awareness and understanding. It goes beyond merely knowing your strengths and weaknesses; it's about comprehending your values, motivations and how they align with your leadership role.

Self-Discovery as a Compass

Imagine leadership as a vast, uncharted territory. Without a compass, leaders may find themselves lost in the complexities of decision-making and team dynamics. Self-discovery acts as this invaluable compass, guiding leaders through challenges and uncertainties.

Connecting with Authentic Leadership

Conscious leaders understand that authenticity builds trust and loyalty. By locating oneself, leaders can tap into their authentic core, fostering genuine connections with their teams. Authentic leadership not only enhances workplace culture but also serves as a powerful motivator for achieving collective goals.

Embracing Vulnerability

A key component of self-discovery is acknowledging vulnerabilities. Leaders who embrace their vulnerabilities establish a culture that encourages open communication and innovation. Vulnerability becomes a strength, fostering a climate where everyone feels empowered to contribute.

Enhancing Emotional Intelligence

Self-discovery is intricately linked with emotional intelligence. Leaders who know themselves well can better understand the emotions of their team members. This heightened emotional intelligence enables leaders to navigate conflicts, inspire collaboration, and promote a positive work environment.

Adapting to Change

In the ever-evolving landscape of leadership, adaptability is crucial. Leaders who are in tune with themselves can more effectively adapt to change. Self-discovery empowers leaders to stay agile, navigate uncertainties, and lead their teams through transitions with confidence.

Now take a look at the video below and try to locate yourself: 


Remember that your location now might be different than your location tomorrow or the day after. There are some many factors that play a role which is why it's important to control your environment to help you stay above the line. 

By understanding yourself on a deeper level, you can enhance your authenticity, connect more genuinely with your teams, and be a better leader.

What's your location? What do you find most helpful about the video?


Topics: Personal Development, Leadership

Iliyana Stareva

Written by Iliyana Stareva

Iliyana Stareva is the author of Inbound PR - the book that is transforming the PR industry. She's also a keynote speaker and a consultant in inbound and digital for fast-growing companies and agencies. Currently, Iliyana is Chief of Staff to the EMEA President at ServiceNow. Before that, she held global and EMEA-wide positions at Cisco and HubSpot. She is also certified by the PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. In her free time, you can find Iliyana writing for her blog, dancing salsa or travelling the world.

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