Organisations ask managers to bring out the best in others to deliver results on time and on budget. To do this a manager needs to be proficient in four critical areas: work ethic, communication, decision-making and handling differences. In each area there are issues, or blind spots, in your leadership style - as well as the vital talents you bring to your role.
How does this work? Take a look at the image above. The photographer was aware of the entire scene in the woods that we see, but her main focus of attention is the fern on the right. In a similar way to the photographer, all of us tend to focus our attention, in a rather limited way, in one important area. The good news is that we get to know our territory very well – we’ve focused on it so much, we’re pretty talented in that area. The downside is that we tend to miss the rest of the picture – and that’s where our blind spots lie.