Quick Advice on Situational Awareness – as a facilitator for executive teams and boards, this skill is what Lee focuses on the most—to be as situationally aware as possible of what’s going on in the room. So how can you coach yourself to be more situationally aware? Here are three important behaviors:
1. Know Yourself. Understand your strengths, struggles, and patterns of your natural behavior. Have you found yourself with someone who told stories or information that wasn’t relevant to anyone but them? Their mind is wandering as if they’re on cruise control. Bumping into clueless people happens often, doesn’t it?
We use assessment tools like Leadership Behavior DNA every day to help individuals and teams with a self-awareness of their natural behaviors.
2. Know the Situations that Threaten Good SA. Examine your response at work with your manager and your team. Is your tendency to dominate or withdraw? How could you better manage your SA and engage to respond more effectively? I worked with one team where the manager avoided any disagreements or conflict by dominating the meetings. The manager just talked incessantly until everyone was worn out and disengaged.
3. Be Proactive in Your Thinking. Set aside your own emotions or thoughts in the moment, and think about others and consider what might be going on with them in certain situations. Ask good questions to gain more insight. Then, coach yourself to respond in the most effective and appropriate way.
Mastering the Art of SA
Situational awareness requires outward focus, listening, observing, and consideration of the dynamics of the situation as well as an inward awareness to manage ourselves to be the most effective. SA is always crucial to the art of leadership, and the stakes can be high.
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Also, read the entire article on this topic – “How’s Your Situational Awareness? 3 Behavioral Attitudes to Remember“