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Turn Your Leadership Blind Spots into Strengths

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Turn Your Leadership Blind Spots into Strengths

A behavioral blind spot is different than a weakness. Weaknesses are aspects that we can intentionally strengthen with practice, time, or desire. Blind spots are personal traits or aspects we don’t even know about that may limit the way we act, react, behave or believe, and therefore limit our effectiveness.

Common Blind Spots

Although every person is vastly different and has their own behavioral blind spots, there are common ones that many leaders have. Here are three:

  • Voice tone – you don’t really know how you sound to others.
  • Facial expressions – very few people realize what they consistently project on their face.
  • Body language – awareness of all body language elements is rare.

How to Find Your Blind Spot

Here are the best places to see and recognize your blind spots:

Assessment Data – those areas in your assessments (DiSC profile) that you do not agree with when you read it. Because of the statistical accuracy of DiSC and assessments like it, the chances are very high that the elements in which you disagree or don’t see in yourself are really a solid part of your make-up.

Feedback – like with assessment data, when you see or hear feedback in which you do not agree or in which you are tempted to push back upon, the likelihood is high that that area of your image or behavior is a blind spot to you.

Many people struggle with the acknowledgement of their blind spots. The best approach to reconcile that they are really you, is to begin by accepting that you may be projecting that behavior.

  • Look at your assessment data for areas in which you do not a agree. These are likely blind spots.
  • Review the feedback you have solicited to see where you had disagreement (and hopefully did not express it). Those too are likely blind spots.
  • Continue to seek blind spot information regularly as they will change. This is a constant process and not an event.
  • Ask people to help you with this to develop coaching and feedback relationships where this important information can be relayed to you.
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