Self-monitor your behavior to be a great manager. Hogan, a company specialized in doing personality assessments, has released a short e-book on the topic of personal identity and reputation at work entitled: “Who are you? Do other people know you better than you know yourself?” (2013).
According to the company, lack of self-awareness can damage a leader’s reputation and career, as most people tend to see themselves in a favorable light. Yet, research shows that employees, employers, peers, etc. can have another perspective of a person, one which is consistent in all groups, that doesn’t match with the person’s own view of him or herself.
According to the Hogan report, gossip is an important communication tool to enable a group to form an impression of somebody. Interestingly, the e-book refers to research conducted by a group of psychologists in the 1970s that showed gossip accounting for 70% of normal conversation.
Great leaders or brilliant people are those that can manage the impressions that others form of them. Apparently, people who have a self-monitoring behavior also tend to do better in their careers compared to those that don’t. Hogan refers to a study conducted on MBA graduates based on personality types and how they performed that supports the argument.
Interestingly, most people tend to let their guard down once and a while and show another, perhaps less favorable side of their personality. New hires, for example, typically show their best sides until they get settled in the workplace, become too comfortable and start to show their character flaws.
A person’s self-awareness and ability to maintain a self-monitoring behavior is important for three main reasons. Firstly, it helps to get a team to trust and follow that person. Secondly, a leader can develop better interpersonal relations to deliver on business objectives. Thirdly, people tend to pay more attention to one’s reputation than their performance levels per se; thus a bad reputation will most likely negatively affect that individual’s career (Hogan 2013).
From another perspective, it doesn’t matter what one thinks of oneself. On the contrary, what counts is how others perceive that person – that is one’s true identity. In short, a human being is a social creature and only exists through the relationships and interactions he or she creates.
On another related topic, Universum has released a whitepaper entitled “Capturing the Game-Changers” that highlights the common characteristics and personality traits of talented individuals. What do successful people have in common? And how can others learn from what can be considered personal strengths? Read more.
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Who are you? Do other people know you better than you know yourself? (2013). Hogan. [Online] Available from: http://info.hoganassessments.com/blog/bid/320619/do-you-know-the-real-you?source=Blog_Email_[Do%20You%20Know%20the%20Real] [Accessed: 24 October 2013].