Feeling like you've stumbled into leadership? Wishing for a way to lead with more confidence and less stress? In this episode of Welcome To Eloma, host Kiley Peters is joined by Zovig Garbushian, the founder of Boldness Ablaze Coaching. With a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years in brand marketing, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development, Zovig delves into the crucial role of self-awareness in leadership.
Self-awareness goes beyond being just a popular term; it's a deeply impactful practice with far-reaching implications. It's a continuous journey of understanding who we are - our personalities, tendencies, and emotions - and how these influence our interactions with the world. Being self-aware empowers us to modify what's not working and enhance what is, leading to personal and professional growth.
Zovig points out a common oversight in leadership: the assumption that a leader's experience mirrors that of their team. This mindset can hinder genuine connections and understanding. Cultivating self-awareness helps leaders move beyond these assumptions, enabling them to appreciate and recognize the unique qualities of their team members. The result? More meaningful connections, improved decision-making, and a workplace culture that values inclusivity.
To develop self-awareness, Zovig suggests a path of curiosity. It's about questioning our reactions, emotions, and recurring patterns. Tools like self-reflection and journaling can be instrumental in this journey of self-discovery. Additionally, gaining perspectives from mentors or a personal advisory board can offer invaluable insights. Importantly, Zovig emphasizes the need for self-compassion and acceptance as part of this process.
The benefits of self-awareness extend far beyond the individual. It enables authentic self-presentation, eases the navigation of challenges, and fosters stronger, more genuine relationships in all spheres of life.
“When I think of self-awareness, I think of it as having three components and they sort of build on each other. And the first one is curiosity about myself. And the second one is compassion for myself. And the third one is acceptance of myself. (9:31 | Zovig Garboushian)
“The better my relationship is with myself, the better it becomes with others.” (11:32 | Zovig Garboushian)
“I'm going to go out on a ledge and I'm going to say, this is just a statement for humanity. Like I don't care who you are, if you're leading people or if you're not leading people, if you own a company or if you don't own a company, I don't care who you are. Like, I think everybody needs to focus on understanding internal first before we have any shot at showing up for anybody else.” (14:32 | Kiley Peters)