Self-awareness is not part of the curriculum in most management programs. Although strategy and MBA-logic are essential, so is self-awareness. Lacking it may be blinding and lead to suboptimal long-term financial and cultural results.

To clarify, an MBA is useful in leading an organization. But if the MBA-trained logic becomes the sole focus at the cost of other skills, like self-awareness and understanding the value of culture, the approach is out of balance.

Fortunately, self-awareness can be enhanced. Simple steps can be taken to complement traditional leadership skills with it:

  1. Adopt a daily mindfulness practice to expand your awareness.
  2. Take regular breaks to reduce the sense of pressure to get you out of habitual thinking and behavior.
  3. Pay attention to what others say to avoid risking getting insulated in your leadership bubble, where your brain only listens to your inner voice.

"Be open. Be curious. And question your assumptions."


Inspired by: Harvard Business Review - Self-Awareness Can Help Leaders More Than an MBA Can, by Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, and Marissa Afton