Self–Awareness: The Key to Professional Growth

Self-awareness can be defined as having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions.  It is the foundation on which any development, both personal and professional, can be built.  Understanding who we are in terms of our strengths, motivations, and where our natural energy resides can be found through self-reflection, which often can take years of hard work and requires a great deal of discipline.

In order to accelerate the process of self-discovery, consider hiring a coach or career consultant who is certified in administering and interpreting personality assessments.  The WorkPlace Big Five and Hogan are two
examples of assessments that provide valuable information about an individual’s work preferences and can also highlight potential areas for development.

Success-Failure RoadAssessments also provide a common language from which one can more easily communicate and understand the strengths and weaknesses of individuals during the interview process or to structure a more focused and tailored development plan during annual performance reviews.  They’re commonly used in the hiring process, coaching and development, team building, and understanding various communication styles in order to improve employee and team performance.  They provide objective data to essentially mitigate risk and reduce the costs of making poor talent management decisions.

Whether you’re an individual looking to invest in your own professional development or an HR professional looking for talent management solutions, assessments play an integral role in professional development and career success. If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact us!

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