All leaders have blind spots. Do you know what yours are?

When we learn to drive, an instructor explains that there’s a blind spot we need to check to so that we navigate the roads safely and successfully. But when learning to be a leader – because all leaders must acquire the skill of successful leadership – people aren’t always told that they have leadership blind spots. These blind spots prevent leaders from achieving their potential – and if not dealt with, can be a significant risk to business success.

So what’s a leadership blind spot?

Leadership blind spots occur when an individual is either too focused or not focused enough on a particular aspect of their business, or when they are motivated by certain elements of leadership but not others.

For example, some leaders might be overly focused on structure and planning, which can come at the expense of agility. An overly planned business environment may mean that leaders fail to adapt quickly to take advantage of opportunities, losing out to more flexible competitors.

Are blind spots flaws?

No. It’s important to note that blind spots aren’t flaws or weaknesses. Everyone has them, and something that’s a blind spot within a business context may actually work in your favour in other contexts. For example, a strong preference for working in a group has been found to be a blind spot for leaders in businesses – but could be extremely valuable within a sports team, for example.

How to identify leadership blind spots

Blind spots can be identified through a revolutionary platform called Fingerprint for Success, which allows leaders to find out what motivates them most in a work context, and also – crucially – how they measure up against other successful business leaders and entrepreneurs and where they might be falling short of their ideal performance.

The platform allows leaders who are motivated to continuously improve their performance and achieve their goals to get a 360º view of their motivational metrics.

How to mitigate blind spots

Once you’re familiar with your blind spots, it’s possible to mitigate them, meaning that leaders can take decisive action to make sure they’re performing optimally. One option is to make strategic hires – getting people people with complementary motivations into the business so they can be vigilant in making sure that you don’t derail as a result of your blind spots.

Another option is working with an experienced and trained coach who can create a bespoke intervention plan so you can train your mind to be more aware of your blind spots, and eventually to even embrace them. Such intervention takes time and focus, but is extremely rewarding.

To find out where your blind spots are and what can be done about them, contact me on timothy@carrollconsultancy.com