Good leaders become great by skillfully managing their own vulnerabilities. Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter is a comprehensive guide to recognizing and acting on the weak points that can impair effectiveness, diminish results, and harm a career. Written by an author with years of experience working with leaders in a variety of industries, the book contains examples, worksheets and surveys that illustrate the practical application of the advice presented. An online questionnaire helps readers discover their own leadership vulnerabilities, and the book provides a roadmap for creating a targeted plan to increase their awareness in the areas that truly matter.
The blindspot risk is that leaders fail to respond to weaknesses or threats due to a variety of factors including the complexity of their organizations, over-confidence in their own capabilities, and being surrounded by deferential subordinates. Leadership Blindspots provides a useful model for understanding how blindspots operate and why they persist, but at the same time suggests real, actionable steps to improvement. The book details a range of techniques that make blindspots stand out in sharp relief, so action can be taken before severe damage occurs – to a leader or his or her company. Topics include:
- A framework to understand the threats posed by blindspots
- The four most important types of blindspots – self, team, company and markets
- Detailed case studies of blindspots in leaders across a variety of industries
- A summary of the most common leadership blindspots
- Corrective practices that help mitigate the risks that blindspots pose
The one characteristic great leaders share is the constant desire for self-improvement. Good can always be better. Some weaknesses and threats are blindspots because they are invisible to the individual but have the potential to wreak havoc on one’s reputation and long-term success. Identifying and fixing crucial problems is the leader’s job, and sometimes the most debilitating problems are with the leaders themselves. Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter is the first step toward owning and addressing one’s vulnerabilities and, as a result, becoming a more effective leader.
About The Author
ROBERT BRUCE SHAW assists business leaders in building organizations and teams capable of superior performance. His specialty is working closely with senior executives, as individuals and as groups, on the management of organizational and leadership change. Robert often works with leaders in new positions to help them transition into their roles and with longer-tenured leaders seeking to enhance their effectiveness.
Robert’s clients span a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, financial services, telecommunications, industrial products, defense, power utilities and consumer goods. Robert holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University. He has authored or co-authored books and articles on organizational and leadership performance including Trust in the Balance: Building Successful Organizations on Results, Integrity and Concern; Discontinuous Change: Leading Organizational Transformation and Organizational Architecture: Designs for Changing Organizations. Recent articles include Developing Peripheral Vision, Organizational Bystanders and Changing Culture.
Robert is a frequent speaker on leadership and team performance.