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The Leadership Experience 7th Edition

The Leadership Experience (7th Edition)

Book Edition7th Edition
PublisherCengage Learning
Chapter 4, End of Chapter, DISCUSSION QUESTIONS, Exercise 1
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Do you agree that self-awareness is essential for being a good leader? Can you think of some specific negative consequences that might result from a leader not having self-awareness?

Here is a tip:

Leaders need to be aware of their strengths and weaknesses to become efficient.


  • Mastering self-awareness helps leaders perform their role better. Leaders who have high self-awareness are able to focus on their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.
  • Lack of self-awareness leads to inefficiencies and poor leadership practices. Leaders who have low self-awareness often make mistakes because of their lack of mastery of what they can and cannot do.

Sample Response

  • Self-awareness is important because it enables leaders to understand their capability and limitations. A leader's mastery of their own strengths and weaknesses can help determine gaps in their leadership that can be addressed later on.
  • Leaders who lack self-awareness cause inefficiencies such as having lapses and biases in their decision-making, failing to understand why some of their leadership styles work out poorly, and limiting their leadership potential by not discovering their hidden skills.
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