Self-awareness, Essential for Effective Leadership, Is Highlighted in Jane Birdsell's 2013 Award Winning Book, Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success

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Research is confirming that effective leadership begins with self-awareness. Leaders who have acute insight into their own thoughts and feelings, and can express them, are more successful in influencing others.

"Know thyself."Seven Sages of Greece, 6 Cent. BCE

"Know thyself" is written on the Oracle at Delphi in Greece. It is attributed to Thales, one of the Seven Sages, a group of Greek philosophers in the 6th Century BCE. Today, Bill George, Harvard Business School Professor, claims this idea is not new. He says, "What's new is that we are learning how important self-awareness is to leadership development." Jane Birdsell's book, "Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success" highlights the importance of self-awareness for the development of successful relationships. This book has won a 2013 Indie Excellence Finalist Award in the Relationship Category.

Birdsell believes that, "How you feel is who you are." Recognizing true feelings in a situation requires introspection. And letting others know about feelings requires courage and a desire to connect. A certain vulnerability exists when feelings are revealed and this is what often prevents people from letting others know their true emotions. Fear of judgement contributes to a lack of authenticity. When these obstacles can be overcome, there is an opportunity for people to develop mutual trust in a relationship. Authentic leaders inspire trust in their workplace. They are more respected and more able to influence those with whom they associate.

Ann Laverty, PhD, RPsych., Associate Director of Counseling at The University of Calgary’s Student’s Union Wellness Centre, has endorsed Jane’s book with the following comments: "I have recommended this book to several clients who appreciated the transparency of practical suggestions and exercises included and the encouraging voice in which the book is written. I believe this text is particularly helpful for post-secondary students who are learning about the importance of emotions as well as benefits of knowing how to express and manage responses."

Emotional Enlightenment: Managing Feelings for Success provides "deep, fresh psychological insights, which makes the book a perfect teaching tool for a classroom setting," says Jennifer de Poyen (a California-based writer and critic). "Yet, it is written in a direct, accessible style, which makes it useful for anyone who wants to improve his or her relationships."

The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the United States and at Owl’s Nest Books and other quality bookstores in Canada. It is also available on Kindle.

About Author Jane Birdsell:
Jane Birdsell has been a Nursing Instructor, a Public Health Nurse and a mother of two children. After her children started school, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. For 25 years, she worked as a psychologist conducting her own private counseling practice and teaching Personal Development Seminars. At the University of Calgary, Division of Continuing Education, she taught a course for 18 years called Understanding Self-Esteem: A Discussion and Information Course for Women. She also taught Enhancing Personal and Professional Effectiveness (for men and women) for 14 years. Jane is pleased with the success of her book on the Calgary Herald Best-Seller list and in the 2013 Indie Excellence Award Contest.

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