#ThursdayThought – Blind Spots
A couple of years ago a colleague of mine got into his vehicle and leaned his head left then leaned right before we started off down the road.
When I asked, he mentioned he had seen a better way to adjust his side view mirrors that virtually eliminated any blind spots. Since hearing about it and putting it into practice, he told me it had helped him avoid a few accidents that he may otherwise have not had noticed.
It’s an interesting principle that can apply to leading ourselves.
While it’s typical to “set it and forget it” when when adjusting your side view mirrors, my friend showed me the importance of checking often, re-calibrating your view from time to time to ensure you work towards eliminating the blind spots.
Sometimes one thinks arriving at a position or moving up they can take a similar “set it and forget it” approach to their leadership. Unfortunately as things go on – more interactions with people, more situations, more testing – progress always reveals one’s blind spots. It becomes necessary that leaders spend time re-calibrating themselves to make sure they don’t allow these blind spots – pride, unethical behaviors, bullying, selfishness, indifference, power over – to continue.
It’s not just to make yourself a better person and leader. If we don’t check our side view mirrors while we drive, we not only get into an accident, we put others in danger through no fault of their own. Unchecked leadership blind spots often do the same.
It’s such an important concept that at least two dozen authors have written various books about this subject, most famously Blind Spots: Why We Fail to Do What’s Right and What to Do about It by Max H. Bazerman and Ann E. Tenbrunsel.
Check the most important vehicle – yourself – often to remove blind spots. Keeping others safe is a vital ingredient to your leadership.