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University System of Maryland

Let's Get Started: Building Self-Awareness

University System of Maryland and University of Maryland, College Park via edX

Overview

Please note: the UMD Power Lab is an optional lab, highly recommended, and costs an additional fee. Please read the important statement at the bottom of the description

Great leaders are just ordinary people with the right skills at the right time. To become a great leader, however, you have to know yourself well. This means acknowledging and embracing your strengths. It also means understanding and learning to manage your weaknesses. It’s tougher than that sounds. How do you know what your strengths and weaknesses are? What are your core personality attributes? How do you make decisions? What’s your decision-making style? How do you know? How do you know accurately?

This certificate offers an extraordinary opportunity to spend some quality time with yourself to assess your current level of soft skills, clearly define your core self, and build soft skills which are essential to professional, not to mention life, success.

Knowing what you can change and what you can’t is invaluable knowledge. Stop investing in trying to change the unchangeable -- your traits -- and learn to work with them. Stop trying to change others’ traits, too. Learn to work with your strengths, build new skills and perfect existing ones. Then do the same for your team. To start, you must have self-awareness.

Within self-awareness are several dimensions essential for effective leadership::

  • emotional intelligence
  • personal values
  • cognitive style, how you think
  • orientation to change
  • core personality attributes

With the exception of core personality traits which are much less open to change, all other areas of self-awareness are open for development.

Verified learners can access the Power Lab to take self-assessments and receive confidential, benchmarked results. In this course, self-assessments include: core self-evaluation, core personality attributes, self-awareness, and cognitive style, how you make decisions.

From these assessments, verified learners can identify their current strengths and opportunities for growth. You can set goals for your own development with confidence. And, you will learn key practices for how to move from goal to action to strength.

Immediately useful takeaways from this course include enormous self-knowledge of your:

  • self-awareness and how to improve it
  • core personality attributes and benefits
  • thinking styles and how to deploy them
  • best practice management skills
  • personal SMART goals to develop
  • self-awareness
  • thinking styles
  • management skills

Verified learners who enroll in the Power Lab will have these additional takeaways:

  • know current level of self-awareness
  • know core personality attributes
  • know details of how you make decisions, thinking style
  • know current level of management skills
  • set SMART goals against benchmarked self-assessments for your personal development
  • Confidently deploy your current strengths

You’ll learn how self-awareness is the super Power Skill, the foundation of all other skills needed to be an effective leader.. They are the most sought-after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Power skills are key to becoming a great leader.

Get the Models - Understand what self-awareness is including emotional intelligence, thinking styles, orientation to change, core self-evaluation, personal values. Understand the key skills within management and leadership.

Get Why It Matters - Understand the business case for self-awareness and its components and managerial/leadership skills.

Get the Data - Establish your personal baseline for self-awareness and its components as well as management and leadership skills.

Set the Goals - Set personal development goals for increasing self-awareness and managerial/leadership skills

Learn the Tools - Learn tools and techniques for how to build self-awareness and managerial/leadership skills.

Take Action - Build effective action plans to increase self-awareness and managerial/leadership skills

Make the Change - Practice new skills to increase your ability to act with self-awareness and improve your managerial/leadership skills

Get the Benefit - Be able to develop as a great leader able to create great culture: build positive workplaces where individuals flourish and organizations thrive

The UMD Power Lab includes a curated set of self-assessments offered at a discounted price paid separately from the edX content and certificate. These self-assessments are rigorously developed and cannot be supplemented with free versions that would mislead learners with poor-quality alternatives. The UMD Power Lab is optional but highly recommended for any verified learner in the course. It costs $89 per year and only needs to be purchased once per year for the entire suite of courses in the Re-Imagining Leadership Professional Certificate.

We've done everything we can to reduce these costs for you, and have built a free SMART Goals Mobile App to help you achieve your goals. Used together this forms a revolutionary design to coach learners at scale in leadership and power skills as a premium but low-cost experience above and beyond learning the course content and earning the edX certificate.

Syllabus

Week 1: The Key to Making Change: Self-Awareness

  • Introduction to Module
  • What is Self-Awareness
  • Why Does Self-Awareness Matter
  • Toolkit for Building Self-Awareness
  • The Big Ideas

Week 2: All about You: Thinking & Changing

  • Introduction to Module
  • Thinking Styles
  • Attitude towards Change
  • Putting It Together for Best Job Fit
  • The Big Ideas

Week 3: You as a Manager/Leader: What’s Your Baseline?

  • Introduction to Module
  • What are Management/Leadership Skills?
  • Why Do They Matter?
  • What’s Your Baseline?
  • The Big Ideas

Week 4: Setting Goals & Making Plans

  • Introduction to Module
  • How & Why to Set Goals
  • How & Why to Set Plans
  • Setting Your Goals and Plans
  • The Big Ideas

Week 5: The Big Ideas & Segue to Let’s Get Personal: Working with Personality Type

  • Introduction to Module
  • The Big Ideas from Let’s Get Started: You First
  • Your Goals & Action Plans: Making It Happen
  • The Great Tools from Let’s Get Started: You First
  • The Big Ideas

Taught by

Jocelyn S. Davis

Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 58 Class Central reviews

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  • Saumya Singh
    0smSocial-emotional self-awareness means having the ability to understand your thoughts, emotions, and values, as well as knowing how those factors influence your behavior. Added to this understanding is the capacity to open-mindedly and realistically...
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed to learn about the different cognitive styles and LoC. The emphasis on leadership is in my view overdone. If all of us are leaders, then we lead what or whom? I have come across many people in their early thirties who claimed to have been VP, CEO or what not - all the while interviewing with me for the position of a key account manager or support manager. The message I am taking away from this is surely not the one intended. Almost none said they worked great as part of a team or enjoyed seeing a group project come to fruition. I realized after the umpth time I have to live with lots of quite young people all wanting to be leaders. On the job, all I can say is they have quite a long way to go.
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    Fathia Salma
    I think the University System of Maryland provides such unique and effective subject, which I barely found in my country or academic system around my university. This subject, titled "Let's Get Started: Building Self-Awareness" not only helps me increase my knowledge, but also helps me to understand myself better and learn how to treat people (or conditions) as well as possible. I hope in the future, this program continues to offer materials that will be useful to those who learn about it.
  • Very interesting course.I remember when I first visited the main page of edX, my very first impression was that I’ve just entered a university website. I guess this is what they were going for, seeing that they offer “professional, university-level courses”.

    I actually really liked the page - it’s really short and simple, contains only the necessary features and avoids any trivial information or annoying popups. I could immediately see the sections of all of the different courses to choose from, the search bar, the partner list - everything right in front of me.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting course.I remember when I first visited the main page of edX, my very first impression was that I’ve just entered a university website. I guess this is what they were going for, seeing that they offer “professional, university-level courses”.

    I actually really liked the page - it’s really short and simple, contains only the necessary features and avoids any trivial information or annoying popups. I could immediately see the sections of all of the different courses to choose from, the search bar, the partner list - everything right in front of me.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. It was very instructive and also it is not too hard. In this manner, I handled easiliy. In addition, the videos are very good.
  • Anonymous
    Great leaders are just ordinary people with the right skills at the right time. To become a great leader, however, you have to know yourself well. This means acknowledging and embracing your strengths. It also means understanding and learning to manage...
  • Anonymous
    I have learned many things from this course. The materials are easy to understand, and the quiz will help you to assess your understanding. However, I had some problem that I could not open UMD lab, so I could not take any self assessment.
  • Anonymous
    Great Leadership Starts With Self-Awareness!

    Self-awareness is an essential trait of a great leader. By knowing our values, personality, needs, habits and emotions, and how they affect our actions and the actions of others, we will be able to manage our emotions, make better decisions and lead others to do the same.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a great value addition to my career and a paradigm shift in my profession to reach my destination.
  • Anonymous
    My first venture at edX brought a new perspective on knowing myself more. This online course introduced new pathways for self development as I was able to assess my personal/professional strengths and weaknesses; this course has truly helped me in becoming...
  • PIJUSH ROY
    I really enjoyed the course. It was well planned and layout, easy for me to follow. I could finish everything with enough time, Learn about the topics and not feel over loaded and rushed.

    The course was very interesting. It was short and simple, but contains lot of necessary features like SMART GOALS, EMOTIONAL STABILITY, LOC,TOA ORIENTATION TOWARDS CHANGE, COGNITIVE STYLE, BULDING SELF AWARENESS, LEADERSHIP etc.

    I definitely believe I could grow up better in my professional and personal life with these wonderful experience.

    My sincere thanks to edx team and our coach and mentor Jocelyn S Davis for giving me such a wonderful guidance.
  • Anonymous
    This is my first online E-Learning course experience. Hence before I start this course, I went through the DemoX course to understand and familiarize with system how it works and found it very helpful. Overall, it is a good course and it has helped...
  • SANTOSH THAKUR
    Lets get started : Building self awareness is a good course for great learning towards good performance and job fit at professional career and helps to get idea on becoming great leader. It teaches us how to handle adverse situations through expanding ToA and changing thinking style to progress at work and career. This course tells us the necessary managerial and leadership qualities atht should we possess to fair in the game of professional career and personal life.
  • Anonymous
    Let's Get Started : Building Self-awareness, is very much effective for individual and Organisation as well, in context of Business. Some takeaways, I would like to mention here that, SMART goal, Emotional Stability, Locus of control, Tolerance of Ambiguity, Orientation towards change, cognitive style and Building Self-Awareness are most influencing strategy for benefits of self and work environment as well.
  • Anonymous
    Great Leadership Starts With Self-Awareness!

    Self-awareness is an essential trait of a great leader. By knowing our values, personality, needs, habits and emotions, and how they affect our actions and the actions of others, we will be able to manage our emotions, make better decisions and lead others to do the same.
  • Anonymous
    It's a very informative and interesting course designed in a beautiful manner. It shows the real image of one's own personality while dealing with situations on a daily basis at home and at work place.

    Thanks Madam for designing this course as an eye opener for future Managers/Leaders.

    Regards

    Hitender
  • Anonymous
    The theoretical approach on building self-awareness is honestly a great booster in building my confidence. Lot of references collected and compiled in the course which really made interesting. The course highlighted the right blend of management and leadership skills which dependent of strong self awareness.
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    Harsh Kothari
    nicely taught his course makes leadershipprocess easy. being a leader was cool for me, but now it is more cool, fun. How to cite source and integrate others' thoughts in your essay always made me confused, but now I know when to cite, where to cite, how to cite. thanks to the team.

    have learned the skills of advance academic writing essentially useful in college and university studies. I have also learned about plagiarism and it’s conseq, plus MLA formatting of paper. These skills will add value to my writing skills. Thanks to my professors and coursera to provide me this incredible opportunity of learning. I would love to do mentoring for this course if given an opportunity.

  • Anonymous
    There was a great learning in this course. After this course, now I really understand what self-awareness is and how 90 percent people over-evaluate themselves on self-awareness. This course was really eye opening for me and developed a growth mindset.I am very happy to have undertaken this course.

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