Personal insight is understanding one's emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and goals and recognizing their impact on others. Self-awareness is a skill that is learned and developed.
Self awareness allows you to regulate your behavioural responses to emotions. As a result, self-awareness can de-escalate destructive team conflict and foster cooperation and team collaboration.
The first step towards building a high functioning team is developing your awareness about your personal strengths, leadership style, values and interests. Sharing and discussing your team members' diverse capabilities will help to build your team formation.
ITP Metrics offers a report that will outline your level on five factors of personality based on your responses to the questionnaire you completed. It also describes how these personality traits can relate to your team interactions and experiences in teamwork. As you begin formation of your team, share and discuss your results.
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The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. This is an opportunity to reflect personally and begin conversations with your teammates about, strengths, commonalities and differences.
Virtual Team Sharing Tip
Create time and space to get to know each other. For example a virtual coffee hour or wine and cheese for your first meeting, an assessment tool to learn about people's personalities and/or strengths, sharing some "fun facts" about your personal lives. Share your personality and character strengths with your team is a good starting point.
Self reflection is a branch of personal insight. According to Senge (1994), reflection is the act of examining our own thinking. More specifically, it's the process of "slowing down our thinking processes to become more aware of how we form our mental models" (p. 236). Often we are unaware of our thinking unless we take steps to surface them, explore them in a non-defensive way, and potentially, to be willing to re-shape them in order to serve us more effectively.
Reflective thinking can be a great tool for debriefing situations and interactions to enhance your understanding of yourself. The willingness to examine your own thinking and then make that thinking transparent to others requires vulnerability. Watch this Ted Talk featuring Brene Brown, a research professor, talking about vulnerability and building relationships.