Do You Know Your Blind Spots?

November 5, 2014

Career, Leadership

View forward and in rear view mirror

Blind spots are things you unintentionally do, or not do, that can have unexpected and often negative influences on the relationships with the people around you. Some of these behaviours show up when you are stressed or when you overusing your greatest strengths. Sometimes it is a failure to meet expectations you were not aware the people around you have. If you are not aware of your blind spots, they can become serious problems for your career, whether or not you are a leader.

How can you check your blind spots and make adjustments? In 8 Ways to Conquer Your Leadership Blind Spots, Bruna Martinuzzi offers the following tips:

  1. Raise your awareness of the top blind spots
  2. Don’t hire in your own image
  3. Establish a peer coaching arrangement
  4. Examine your past history
  5. Understand your habits
  6. Place a high priority on relational skills
  7. Consider the downside of your strengths
  8. Take an assessment to identify your blind spots

For tip #1, I recommend checking out the following articles:

Because blind spots are about how other people respond to your behaviour or actions/inactions, they will change as you work with different people, move to different roles or when there is a change in your environment. It is important to find ways to regularly get the feedback you need, even if it is uncomfortable.

Do you know what your blind spots are? What do you do to check them?

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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