Effective ability to communicate effectively. A large blind

Effective communication is an important part of life in both the private and business arenas. The ability to communicate effectively is paramount to building lasting relationships with friends, family and colleagues. In discussing the keys to understanding and improving communication, it will be shown that it is vital to have the quality of self-awareness. First this essay will discuss the components of the Johari Window and how different parts of the window affect communication as well as how communication can be improved through improving self-awareness. Secondly, self-disclosure will be tied to self-awareness to illustrate the importance of self-awareness in being able to effectively build relationships. Thirdly, the role of self-awareness will be explained in assertive communication and conflict resolution. Lastly, self-awareness will be attributed to high performers in managerial and leadership positions in the workplace as identified in Emotional Intelligence.The Johari Window illustrates the components known to self and not known to self and, therefore, identifies the path to becoming more self-aware through reducing areas not known to self. It is well established that the blind self, someone who has habits and characteristics unbeknownst to themselves but known to others, will have a reduction in the ability to communicate effectively. A large blind spot, relative to the rest of the Johari Window, can result in a closed-minded unreceptive or unperceptive individual. (Kossen, Kiernan & Lawrence 2013, pp. 288). Increasing self-awareness functions to diagrammatically decrease the size of the two “not known to self” quadrants, blind self, and unknown self allows one’s self to increase self-awareness. This helps an individual to become more effective in carrying out tasks, dealing with problems and interacting with and managing other people (Kossen, Kiernan & Lawrence 2013, pp. 288). As such, this enhances capability to judge when and when not to share particular information with others in order to enhance communication (choosing when to share and when not to share).Part of self-awareness is identifying areas known to self and not others, while self-disclosure relies on the ability to skillfully choose when to disclose/withhold things only known to self, therefore, self-awareness is a prerequisite for effective self-disclosure in helping build relationships. Managing relationships effectively involves regulating self-disclosure. The ability to know when to share the hidden self (known to individual, but kept secret from others) (Kossen, Kiernan & Lawrence 2013, pp. 288). Works to increase left hand (known) areas of the Johari Window so as to reduce the uncertainty in communication will ensure that someone can effectively utilise self-disclosure (Kossen, Kiernan & Lawrence 2013, pp. 294). Self-awareness as with role theory, allows you to have a sense of your own identity, awareness of this allows you to “tune in” to another’s identity. In contrast to identity, self-awareness is seen as a measure of the person’s ability to be truly conscious of the components of the self and to observe it accurately and objectively (Day, DV, Zaccaro, SJ , Stanley, M 2004, pp. 154)

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