What Self-Awareness Really Is and How to Cultivate It

95% of people think they’re self-aware, only 10 to 15% actually are. Self-awareness is the first step for personal growth and a key skill for great leadership. Self-aware teams make better decisions, collaborate more, and manage tensions and conflicts more effectively. Hence, it impacts companie's bottom line. 

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What you think you become - The importance of mindset

Your success and happiness depend on your mindset. What you think you become. Our mindset affects how we see the world. If yours is distorted, so will be the way you see yourself and others. Our beliefs and thoughts shape the way we behave, even if we don't realise it. Developing the right mindset is crucial to succeeding in life.

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Developing Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) are vital strengths which help us to successfully navigate diverse situations / environments.

EQ is primarily about the self: building self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management; being cognisant of how our behaviour affects others is at the heart of emotional intelligence. Though emotions are universal, the interpretations of those are culturally determined. Challenges usually arise when we detect and respond to the emotional expressiveness from people who grew up with a different set of guidelines for what is appropriate in certain situations. Hence, culturally intelligent people apply EQ to recognising, understanding the belief and value systems as well as physical expressions (emotions / body language) of people from different cultural backgrounds. 

How language shapes the way we think

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world - and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples that suggest the answer is a resounding YES. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."