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Self-awareness is one of the five elements of emotional intelligence. Some say, self-awareness is crucial to leadership effectiveness and intelligence. "Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth" (Mayer & Salovey, 1997). According to Goleman Self-awarenessis ‘the ability to recognize and understand personal moods and emotions and drives, as well as their effect on others. Hallmarks* of self-awareness include self-confidence, realistic self-assessment, and a self-deprecating sense of humor. Self-awareness depend on one's ability tomonitor one's own emotion state and to correctly identify andname one's emotions” (Goleman, n.d.). Having self-awareness gives us the ability to understand and appreciate our individual self. As we explore our personality and develop an individualized emotional state we can mature and begin to have a deep sense of who we are as a person and who we want to be in the future. A nurse should have self-awareness o they can learn to appreciate their skills and expand their caring and sympathetic nature. Asa manager, it is important to have self-awareness to grow and become a great leader. Along with growing and becoming a leader, managers should utilize their skills in self-reflection to have self-actualization and promote their developmental skills. The ability to have self-awareness gives an individual the ability to manage their time, stress and use those results to increase efficiency. A manager must promote their own self-awareness to be able to promote the rest of the team’s self-awareness. To lead or manage a team one must have a sense of strong self-awareness. Some of the behaviors they might possess include understanding your feelings and trying to react to them in a professional and respectful manner, using your reactions to promote growth and efficiency, and having the ability to stand up for what one believes in.