Disentangling the process and content of self-awareness: A review, critical assessment, and synthesis

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Are self-aware leaders more effective? Are self-aware workers more productive and satisfied? Studies of self-awareness, which have been undertaken in a range of fields, have implications for a wide variety of topics in organizational behavior. Yet, this research has been scattered, resulting in gaps, siloed insights, a lack of clear and consistent conceptualization, andtheconfoundingof causesandeffectswithself-awarenessitself. We review the organizational behavior and psychology literatures to distinguish, summarize, and assess research on self-awareness as both process and content. Our synthesis of past work on the content of self-awareness is organized around three distinct targets: internal, external, and social. Our paper concludes with an evaluation of the implications of our findings for future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chon, D; Sitkin, SB

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 607 - 651

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-6067

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1941-6520

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5465/annals.2018.0079

Citation Source

  • Scopus