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This soft skill describes your ability to understand, manage and reflect your emotions, strengths, belief systems, limitations and potentials.

Self-awareness also focuses on your personal values and principles, on the basis of which you take action, and the way of how your own behavior affect others.

Synonyms: Self-esteem, self-confidence, self-assurance

Sub-Skills: Self-reflection, ethics, self-control

To demonstrate self-awareness,
Antonio suggests you:

  1. Don't be afraid to make mistakes
  2. Stand up for own cause and opinion
  3. Be aware of your own goals, motivations and desires
  4. Be aware of your own beliefs in order to consider their validity
  5. Be aware of inner conflicts, such as contradictory goals or beliefs

Examples - Self awareness


The other day when Nora arrives to school in the morning she cannot wait to tell her friend how many positive comments she has already received about one of her created looks on her Blog.

Her friend doesn't listen to her, because she's chatting with her smartphone. Nora is disturbed by this behaviour. She thinks about missing important conversations herself because she uses her smartphone too often.


Martin benefits from being self-aware in his job as waiter in his dads' restaurant. It makes him a better communicator and he is more likely to get tips and be promoted. Therefore it is a win-win for the restaurant to help all of their staff become more self-aware in the workplace, understand their own skills and areas to improve, as well as how guests see them, and how they fit into the restaurant as larger organisation.