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Self-awareness helps managers identify gaps in their management skills which promotes skill development But self-awareness also helps managers find situations in which they will be most effective assists with intuitive decision making and aids stress management and motivation of oneself and others Self-awareness can help the managers exploit their strengths and cope with their weaknesses For instance if one who is good at seeing the big picture that surrounds decisions but not as good at focusing on the details heshe might want to consult colleagues and subordinates that are more detail-oriented when making major decisions Cooperation between big-picture-oriented decision makers and detail-oriented decision makers can produce high quality decisions Leaders with well-developed self-awareness are more effective intuitive decision makers In complex situations intuitive decision makers process large amounts of sometimes unstructured and ambiguous data and they choose a course of action based on a gut feeling or a sense of whats best This type of decision making is becoming more important for managers as the rate of change and the levels of uncertainty and complexity in their competitive environments increase Managers who are highly self-aware are better able to read their gut feelings and use them to guide decisions Self-awareness is empowering because it can reveal where the performance problems are and indicate what can be done to improve performance Improvement projects should normally begin with an assessment of the gap between the current situation and the desired future situation Having an accurate sense of who you are helps the manager decide what they should do to improve The strategic planning process is the formulation of the organizations high-level goals and executive plans and it is an especially compelling area of focus for executive development and education Job skills are the process of choosing the best path for an organization--based on customer needs competitive realities and internal capabilities Organizations that can integrate all of them effectively into strategic planning are more likely to have robust
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