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Are Leaders Blind?

By March 27, 2011February 14th, 2019Articles, leadership, Leadership

When driving a car, it’s always so important to check the rear vision mirror and the side mirrors together with the check over the shoulder when considering any type of manoeuvre or change in direction. Despite the number of mirrors on cars these days, there continues to be a driver’s blind spot. If a car is sitting in that blind spot, it may get clipped and that can cause all sorts of damage.

They say love is blind! One person can only see the good in another because they are completely besotted.  They get very confused when a friend questions why they are continuing the relationship when the integrity of the partner is questionable from their perception. You may call this a lover’s blind spot!

Do leaders have blind spots too? Do leaders choose ignorance on occasions rather than accepting and confronting a situation? Or is it simple human nature to have blind spots? I would say it’s a combination of all of the above.

As in the example with the car, having a blind spot can cause damage. Leaders are not perfect and may well have a few blind spots, some through ignorance and others chosen. My question to you is what is your blind spot costing you in profits, in morale, impact on your culture and your ability to grow your business?

One of the biggest worries that leaders have today is ignorance. Ignorance is not bliss in a rapidly changing economy. Putting your head in the sand is not going to improve things. So take a leadership check in all mirrors and see if you can identify what your blind spot is. When you know what it is, you can then make some inroads to improving it.