Leaders have blindspots that get in the way of performance.
These blindspots live in the unconscious – in the mindsets and beliefs that drive behaviour without us even knowing it.
- For some, the challenge is that they are so good at what they do that its really hard to delegate to get “off the stage and onto the balcony”. Their blindspot is that they don’t realize how each short term personal success actually disengages their team.
- Some want to be liked and helpful and instead end up exhausted from doing too much. Their blind spot is they think the only way to respect is through control and they don’t want to be “bossy”.
- Many Leaders value listening but rarely have time to listen deeply. They jump on the first problem they hear and are quick to advise. Their blind spot is not realizing that their own assumptions are getting in the way of hearing others.
- Most struggle with people issues. The most common blind spot is seeing other peoples behaviour as something to be fixed instead of something to be understood.
Often a blind spot is also the root of success. The ability to generate results, solve problems, act quickly, make friends are all cornerstones to success, yet unless Leaders are able to truly see how personal strengths must be applied differently as a Leader or Leadership Team member what was once an asset can become a liability.
How we help
A leader who is very introspective, who has trouble sharing their vision with their team, who likely is an introvert tends to look down while they are leading – the horse may stop or wander without a lot of energy or purpose, some horses start leading the human.
Overly Introspective leaders have teams that are similarly confused. We will show the leader how to keep their head up and inspire their equine team to move with purpose towards the goal after taking a minute to reflect and set their purpose. As they gain confidence the horse’s willingness to follow improves.
The experience creates an “aha” moment the leader never forgets and is an excellent starting point for coaching. Each leader has a unique experience and unique learning.
In a few minutes, a leader gains a priceless understanding of how their blind spot is impacting their team – and how to move forward taking advantage of their ability to reflect as well as working on sharing their vision and inspiring their team.
What blindspots are holding your leaders back?