Experience and Power Can Hold You Back

Leadership blind spots

Blind spots are the barriers that we don’t see. They include the stories that we tell ourselves that aren’t true. Our biases, natural human tendencies, and self-protection mechanisms can create blinds spots that hold us back from doing our best and living our best. For example, we may not realize we have the strengths others see in us. Or we may be unaware of how others perceive us, overestimate our performance, and not realize we are impacting our success.

Our blind spots make it difficult to focus on the wisest investments of our resources because they lead us to use inaccurate information to make decisions. If we are blind to the fact that others are afraid to ask us for help, we will not create goals to enhance our approachability when that may be our greatest opportunity for development.

The more time we spend in a leadership role, the less self-aware we may become. Experience and power can lead us to overestimate our talent and abilities, put less value into getting input from others, and inadvertently create an environment where people feel less comfortable giving us feedback, especially honest feedback.

Our blind spots are opportunities for improvement and growth if we can identify them. Understanding and overcoming our blind spots can be difficult and requires courage. Our ego can get in the way. Overcoming our blind spots requires acknowledging that we have them and getting a little uncomfortable. We must learn about our biases, invite candid feedback from others, evaluate ourselves objectively, and change the way we think and act.

From THRIVE: A Leadership Journey Module 11 – Self-Awareness, Development, and Care

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