I was just talking to a leadership colleague today and it became clearer than ever to me that self-awareness is so important for all of us in leadership positions. We need to be mindful of how we are going to come across to others when we speak or take actions as a leader, and that starts with our own self-awareness. By being in touch with our thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values, we have a much better chance of behaving in a way that is aligned with who we are as people and as leaders. This alignment also ensures authenticity and genuineness as a leader. I believe people look to leaders to be authentic and genuine as this is another form of honesty. Behaving in ways that are congruent with our stated beliefs and values is also critical to leadership credibility. We must “do as I say and do as I do” or put another way: “walk the talk and talk the walk”.