Why is it important for executives and other leaders to know your blind spots?
One reason of that it is a necessary part of your professional growth and development.
- Blind spots are behaviors and tendencies you are generally unaware of.
- Identifying and understanding them heightens your level of self-awareness.
- When you develop greater self-awareness, you align with our higher self – who you were meant to be.
- The net result is a speedier progression toward achieving your own level of greatness.
Blind spots aren’t necessarily negative traits or weaknesses, though they very often are.
When you are oblivious to something, there is a high likelihood that:
- You have never noticed it before, which provides an opportunity for improvement.
- It is acting as an invisible boundary that limits your experience in your life.
When you uncover your blind spots and actively work on them, you start becoming more conscious of your strengths and developmental needs.
How to Turn People Off
One of my executive coaching clients had a habit of pounding on the desk or conference room table to emphasize a point. He was unaware that this habit made him look like a dictator and often turned people off, even when he made valid points. By becoming aware of this tendency, he stopped the behavior and started to use more persuasive language and tactics to add value to meetings and conversations with peers and senior managers.
This is Important and Ongoing Work
Just like personal and professional growth is a life long journey, the process of uncovering blind spots is an ongoing opportunity. With every blind spot you identify and tackle, there may be another one you become conscious of.
The best strategy to identify a blind spot is to ask someone who knows you well to point out an area they think could improve your effectiveness that they think you’re unaware of. Then, be willing to work on whatever they uncover because friends and close colleagues know the mirror-side of your behavior and their input can be super-valuable.
Have fun hunting down your blind spots. We all have them, so make it a point this week to uncover a blind spot that may be impacting your professional growth and personal effectiveness and tell us about it here.