Blind Spots That Plague Even the Best Leaders
Even the best decision makers have blind spots. The most successful among us learn how to correct the ones that can hurt us. The article's author details five common weaknesses and offers suggestions on how to manage them. The first is overestimating strategic ability. As one rises in position, the shift in thinking from solving operational challenges to thinking about the big-picture direction for the company is a sizeable one—and many leaders overestimate how well they’ve managed it. They then tend to get "lost in the weeds of operational problem solving" and they don’t provide the strategic leadership necessary to drive the organization forward. Second, too many leaders value being right over being effective. Such a blind spot can not only produce poor decision making, but also quash colleagues' interest in collaborating with you. A third common blind spot that even some of the best leaders are guilty of is covering for weak team members.

Communication is a fourth area where leaders tend to overestimate their ability. Too often, notes Bridgepoint Coaching and Strategy Group founder and President Dean Miles, "there is a disconnect between what their leaders think has been connected, confirmed, clarified, and communicated and what has really happened." A fifth one is simply losing track of what is going on around you. In terms of solutions to these blind spots, leaders are encouraged to look at where they've made their biggest mistakes or have had recurring issues. If patterns can be spotted, you've probably got blind spot clues. Finally, don't be afraid to ask trusted colleagues who are vested in your organization's success. "Getting an outside view of areas you tend to overlook can be very useful," the author concludes.
Fast Company (04/05/18) Moran, Gwen
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