Great leaders are believed to know what their organizations and teams need intuitively. But no one is perfect, and most leaders have blind spots such as:
- Overestimating strategic ability - Thinking that you're more strategic than you are.
- Valuing being right - Holding fast to being right to the point where you don’t consider information that could make you better informed and more effective.
- Losing track of what's happening around you - When you think you know more than you do or make assumptions about what’s happening instead of getting the facts.
It’s not always easy to figure out what your blind spots are, and admitting you have them can feel unsettling. Clues probably lie in your history though; look at where you’ve made your biggest mistakes or where you have recurring issues.
Keep in mind that awareness doesn’t equal elimination; just because you know where you tend to have blind spots doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve fixed them. Surround yourself with people who can help you manage your blind spots or weaknesses.