3 Blind Spots That Topple Good Leaders
“Mirrors that hide nothing hurt me. But this is the hurt of purging and precious renewal – and these are the mirrors of dangerous grace.” — Walter Wangerin Jr.
Through my coaching work with leaders, I’ve uncovered a secret. Here it is:
The greatest danger to great leadership isn’t lack of skill, or waning passion, or moral failure, or weak strategic thinking. It isn’t being overwhelmed or burnout. It isn’t opposition from the world or strife within the ranks. It isn’t lack of courage or even lack of faith.
No. All of these challenges to leadership, formidable though they are, can be easily recognized and strategically addressed, one-by-one, for any leader willing to look.
But, the greatest danger to powerful leadership lies in what the leader cannot see — this is the leader’s own blind spots.
Blind spots are a leader’s undoing. Like a virus in an otherwise healthy body, they operate unseen, growing in the shadows of every leader’s best efforts, eroding the foundations he or she is working diligently to build until some years into the work, the structures begin to collapse, apparently for no reason. At least, none that they can see.
It reveals your blind spots. It pulls from the shadows all the unconscious behaviors and beliefs that undermine your leadership and displays them in the light of day in a way that is statistically rigorous and easy to understand. Admittedly, the process can feel a bit like ripping a Band-Aid off sensitive skin. But once you see them, you can do something about them. You can make different choices. You can begin to grow again.
The blind spots (which the assessment calls reactive tendencies) fall in three major categories. Do you relate to any of these?
- Complying: The extent to which a leader gets a sense of self-worth and security by complying with the expectations of others rather than acting on what she intends or wants.
- Protecting: The extent to which a leader believes he can protect himself and establish a sense of worth through withdrawal, remaining distant, hidden, aloof, cynical, superior, and/or rational.
- Controlling: The extent to which a leader establishes a sense of personal worth through task accomplishment and personal achievement, displayed via perfectionism, drivenness, self-centered ambition, and overly-competitive comparison with others.
You can read more about how these blind spots undermine leadership by checking out this Leadership Circle Profile brochure [pdf]. I’m fully trained and certified in this 360 instrument, and every leader I’ve taken through it has experienced dramatic growth in his or her leadership impact and effectiveness.
If you’re one of those leaders whose finding his efforts stymied for reasons you can’t understand, or if you just want a powerful way to grow your leadership quickly, then this assessment is for you.
Read more about my Leadership Circle coaching process here.
If you want to set up a free, exploratory call to talk about it more, just drop me a line. I’d love to connect.
- Michael Ernest published the blogpost Meet Worship leader Bridgett Kern, listen to new single.
- Brian Dodd published the blogpost 7 Habits Of An Unhealthy Culture vs. 7 Habits Of A Healthy Culture.
- Edgar Galdamez published the blogpost The Life of a Pastor: Service, Stress, Solitude, Sacrifice.
- George Bullard published the blogpost Are Millennials Different than Baby Boomers 40 Years Ago?.
- Dave Dunham published the blogpost A Review of “Loss of Sadness” by Allan Horwitz and Jerome Wakefield.
- Patricia Hunter published the blogpost Labor Day::thankful for the gift of work and the labor of love....
- Lee Sah Lim published the blogpost Bangkok IV: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market And MBK Center.
- Brad Hambrick published the blogpost Psalm 88 Sermon Follow Up: “Will Life Ever Get Better?”.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Are You Engaged With Teenagers Where They’re Growing Spiritually?.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost 5 Roles Youth Workers Play In The Lives Of Teenagers.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost 6 Tips for Creating Structure and Boundaries in Ministry.
- Kelly Balarie published the blogpost Bible Verses for Perfectionists: Finding Your True Worth.
- solomon david published the blogpost 6 Must to Have Skills That Every Magento Store Developer Should Consider.
- solomon david published the blogpost Cloud Gaming Fun With Microsoft’s DeLorean Available Soon.
- solomon david published the blogpost 6 Amazing Paid iPhone Applications that Available for Free Right Now.
- Matt Perman published the blogpost Tim Ferriss on the Importance of Being Unconventional.
- Barbie Swihart published the blogpost Journey To The High Places: On The Shores of Loneliness (Week 7).
- Adam Smith published the blogpost Labor Day, Your Marriage, and Your Family – Jackie Bledsoe.
- Judy Douglass published the blogpost How We Got Here: Live Alive Guest Post by Jordan Stroman.
- Brian Dodd published the blogpost 14 Practices Of Senior Pastors Who Grow Great Churches.
- Mike Liebler published the blogpost Teens Are Getting Pickier About The Brands They Display On Their Clothes.
- Bill Reichart published the blogpost Two Prayers That Will Inspire And Provoke The Soul.