Grand Canyon University Self Awareness and Leadership Discussion Response

please respond to the following discussion post as a peer making a comment. The saying ‘lead or follow’ means you must decide for yourself where you stand. If you are committed to the work or task, you need to focus either on leading others in doing the right things or in supporting someone else. Knowing when to lead and when to follow often begins with a self-assessment. You need a strong sense of who you are and what you do well. When you’re aware of your limitations, you can surround yourself with people who are exceptional at what you’re not. Leaders are willing to step up and take control of a project or task. They enjoy a challenge and embrace change as they know it will benefit them in the long term. Followers must be forced to drive a project by their boss. Leadership skills are more about pulling together the right ensemble than trying to create the right hierarchy. You need to understand what your employees’ true strengths and weaknesses are to leverage their talent (Wharton, 2019).

Additionally, a leader must utilize conscious leadership so their team members will feel confident enough to lead during certain scenarios. Conscious leadership is the practice of being more aware as a leader. Awareness, or consciousness, as a leader, can have some positive effects on the people you lead and the places where you work. If you become aware of habits that you can improve on, or new tendencies you can build for yourself during your workday, you may be able to develop more consciously beneficial habits for everyone involved with your department. Some examples of utilizing conscious leadership include the following skills:

1) Gathering Feedback and Opinions from Employees

2) Honesty

3) Practice Accountability

4) Provide for your Employees

5) Provide Clarity

6) Encourage Communication (Indeed, 2022).


Indeed. (2022, April 26). 7 Tips for Developing Conscious Leadership Skills. Indeed Career Guide. Retrieved June 16, 2022, from

Wharton Executive Education. (2019, February 15). Lead Better by Knowing When to Follow. Retrieved June 16, 2022, from