Keeping a personal journal, and jotting down notes about the meetings you hold and the people you talk with, is a crucial step toward having a self-aware management style, writes Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and CEO of Care.com. By understanding yourself and your effect on others, and taking the time to contemplate problems calmly, you can help avoid falling into bad habits and negative thought patterns. "It's this belief around 'turning the mind into an ally,' " she says. "And it's getting to know yourself."

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