The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives. 

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

 

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Self-Awareness - Available Virtually or In-Person

Self-Awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence, yet studies show that while most of us think we understand ourselves, we often have little idea how others really see us. This alarming gap leads to misunderstandings, poor teamwork, increased conflict, poor decision-making and a lack of direction.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Consider how our image of ourself may differ from how others see us.

• Take stock of our own unconscious attitudes and beliefs.

• Learn to recognise some common barriers to self-awareness, including projection, transference and resistance.

• Learn the technique of ‘philosophical meditation’ to begin to get to grips with the hidden beliefs that lie behind our everyday feelings and behaviour.

What characterises mastery of this skill?

Highly self-aware employees understand  the influence of their unconscious thought processes. At work, they might demonstrate self-awareness through a careful process of decision-making and by admitting vulnerabilities to colleagues, clients and managers. They often ask for feedback, in order to better understand how others see them.


What characterises a lack of this skill?

A lack of self-awareness can be observed  in employees who do not comprehend the gap between their self-image and the reality of how others view them. They are resistant towards honest and constructive feedback and struggle to accept that others might disagree on their version of reality. This often leads to disagreements, slower learning rates or promotions and avoidable conflicts.

 "The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself." — Michel de Montaigne

Testimonial

"I learned how often we project our inner self, thoughts worries and others and certain situations"

"It helped me to realise that your reality is not the reality of everyone around you"

"It emphasised how I can re-set my internal voices to something more mature"