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Self-awareness: per diversi autori primo passo nello sviluppo della Leadership

marzo 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Managing oneself

Numerosi autori hanno sottolineato l’importanza della consapevolezza di sè nello sviluppo manageriale.

Al di là di citazioni “classiche” come il “Conosci te stesso“, motto greco iscritto sul tempio dell’Oracolo di Delfi, e del “Non uscire da te, ritorna in te stesso, nell’interno dell’uomo abita la verità” di Sant’Agostino…

Uno dei primi autori a contribuire all’attenzione sul self-awareness e sul self-management è stato Peter F. Drucker.

Nel suo libro “Training & Development”, 1998, scriveva: <<I no longer teach the management of people at work, which was one of my important courses, because I no longer think that learning how to manage other people, especially subordinates, is the most important thing for executives to learn. I am teaching, above all, how to manage oneself>>.

Successivamente, Daniel Goleman prima in Emotional Intelliogence, e poi in Primal Leadership, riporta il Self-Awarenessed il Self-management come aree fondamentali della Leadership.

Nell’articolo “What makes a leader” Goleman descrive così le competenze attinenti al Self-management:

  1. Self-awareness. Emotional intelligence begins with this trait. People with a high degree of self-awareness know their weaknesses and aren’t afraid to talk about them. Someone who understands that he works poorly under tight deadlines, for example, will work hard to plan his time carefully, and will let his colleagues know why. Many executives looking for potential leaders mistake such candor for “wimpiness.”
  2. Self-regulation. This attribute flows from self-awareness, but runs in a different direction. People with this trait are able to control their impulses or even channel them for good purposes.
  3. Motivation. A passion for achievement for its own sake—not simply the ability to respond to whatever incentives a company offers—is the kind of motivation that is essential for leadership.

Ancora Henry Mintzberg, professore di management alla McGill University del Canada, nell’articolo “The Five Minds of a Manager”, Harvard Business Review, November 2003, scrive che il primo passo nello sviluppo delle proprie capacità manageriali consiste in <<Adopting a reflective mindset: managing the self. […] These days, what managers desperately need is to stop and think, to step back and reflect thoughtfully on their experiences.>>

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