What is... your reflected best self?

“Just be yourself!” That is the advice we often get. And it is good advice, as authenticity is a necessary ingredient of personal happiness and a requirement for leadership. However, it requires a large amount of self-knowledge to know who you are authentically.

Most of us develop some sense of who we are when we are at our best. Stored deep down inside, we all have some idea of the traits we bring to the table when we really shine. Your reflected best self is your individual mental picture of the qualities and characteristics that are on display when you are at your best. But how do you construct this mental picture? And what are the trigger events that contain new pieces of information to add to the picture? Professor and Dean Marion Debruyne explains.

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