‘He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened’

—Lao Tzu

Self awareness means understanding ourselves and our emotions and is the fundamental step to gaining emotional intelligence. Unless we have deliberately studied them, we are mostly unaware of most of our own core behaviours/meta-programs, or the fact that people have markedly different ones to ourselves, as we usually develop them subconsciously at an early age.

‘Know thyself’ said Socrates. But how many of us do? ‘Know thyself? If I knew myself I would run away’, said Von Goethe.

Here are a few descriptions for effective PMs from various texts on project management that relate to self awareness:

  • reflective, i.e. learning ...

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