Keys to Success: Avoiding Leadership Blind Spots

November 22, 2011

Becoming a leader takes a lot more than just hard work. It takes a dedication to being a better person and learning how erase self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. Oftentimes, leaders find themselves running into the same sets of challenges, due to what’s commonly referred to as “blind spots”. You know, those places where you know something bad is coming, but you cannot see them until they have collided with your efforts? Yes, we are talking about blind spots that sabotage your leadership efforts, and behaviors that undermine your ability to lead others.

Blind spots can happen to any leader at any time. Whether through too many obligations, misguided ideas, or through bad business partnerships; blind spots can sneak up on you when you least expect it. But, there are ways to avoid these blind spots in leadership so that you can navigate the roadways of your career with more fortitude. Read on to learn the keys to avoiding leadership blind spots.

Learn to delegate. The number one reason why leaders often encounter blind spots, or self-defeating behaviors, is because they tend to take on too many tasks alone. While it is only natural to want to make sure that work and clients are handled to your standards, it is unrealistic to assume that this means doing it all yourself. In fact, this behavior will eventually backfire in the form of unfinished work and unhappy clients. Instead, learn to delegate certain duties out to those who have the skills to do the job well, and focus on being a leader of your organization instead.

Ask for help. A leader is not an invincible force. You are human just like everyone else. When you have an issue that comes up, don’t try to manage it alone or try to solve every problem without first getting some help. This is when having access to a professional network and a mentor can come in handy. Without the help of capable resources, you are prone to frequent bouts of isolation, low productivity and eventually poor leadership in the eyes of many. It makes you both stronger and wiser as a leader to ask for help to make sure the work is done well.

Avoid Stress. Being a leader is a stressful thing, especially for those who naturally take on this role in every situation. Over time, this constant stress can lead to a plethora of problems, which can include mental and physical ailments. Long term stress is a blind spot that can kill. To better avoid this issue, take care of yourself by adopting a healthy lifestyle, getting breaks and developing a team of capable people. Remember that the difference between being a good leader and being a workhorse is a very fine line.

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