You Are (Probably) Wrong About You – HBR

Now, more than ever, you need to know what others know and see in order to improve.  It is not just you who fails in the exercise of know-you —  Leadership and management.

Excerpt:  If you want to be more successful — at anything — than you are right now, you need to know yourself and your skills. And when you fall short of your goals, you need to know why. This should be no problem; after all, who knows you better than you do?

And yet your own ratings of your personality traits — for instance, how open-minded, conscientious, or impulsive you are — correlate with the impressions of other people (who know you well) at around .40. In other words, how you see yourself and how other people see you are only very modestly correlated.  …

…  At the root of the problem is the human brain itself. There’s a lot going on in there, but just because it’s your brain doesn’t mean you know what it’s doing.

Read full article via You Are (Probably) Wrong About You – Heidi Grant Halvorson – Harvard Business Review.

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