Leading through self-awareness

4 Lessons 10 minutes completion time

What you'll learn:

How to use behavioral data to identify your leadership tendencies and tailor your leadership style to better suit your employees.

Communicating with the team in mind

We’ve talked about how awareness impacts your actions. What about your expression? Whether you’re in a 1:1 or team meeting, how you communicate impacts the effectiveness of the message. And this isn’t just about verbal communication. Non-verbal cues are important as well. Ask the following questions on the right to see how self-aware you really are.

• Non-verbal cues

Am I aware of the non-verbal cues (e.g. body language) I give to the people I work with?


• Tone

Am I aware of my tone of voice when I’m speaking to others in the workplace?


• Other opinions

Do I defer judgment and allow others to finish their thoughts before responding?


• Listening

Do I practice active listening when interacting with others?


Your communication style might not always fit your employees. Rather than pushing employees to adapt to your personal communication style, see how you can accommodate their needs. If you’re a detail-oriented person, for example, you might type up a step-by-step email. This approach may work great for detail-oriented individuals but be overwhelming to others. For those who require less detail, a simple solution may be to include a “tl;dr” (too long, didn’t read) section at the top of the email. Tools like PI Team Discovery allow you to see your team and individual team member’s behavioral styles. This allows you to adjust your style to meet the needs of the team. Use the wheel below to see different team styles and tips around working with each.

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