We can have blind spots in any area of our lives. If we are serious about leadership growth and development, then we must seek blind spots wherever they may be found. The goal is to identify our blind spots, eliminate them where possible, and compensate for the ones that we cannot eliminate completely. Here are key dimensions of our lives that we should target:
Colleague Relationships. Periodic feedback sessions can help you to assess blind spots you might be experiencing with your colleagues. Not only can colleagues help you to understand your blind spots, but the honest sharing often opens the door to a mutual blind spot assessment for everyone’s benefit.
Family. Your family knows you better than anyone. By maintaining healthy, positive family relationships, you automatically have a free sounding board. That sounding board can be a valuable source of insight into your blind spots.
Career Planning. Career planning is a lifelong challenge. That is totally understandable when you consider the constantly changing nature of training, college, career choices, industries, the workplace, and the economy. If you do not have all the facts or if you are missing a key piece of the career-planning puzzle, then you might have a blind spot. Research, reading, and seeking expert opinions will enable you to eliminate or compensate for those blind spots.
Worldview. Your worldview encompasses your philosophy of life, your overall spiritual or religious convictions, and your fundamental basis for how you relate to people. While you certainly prefer not to think that you have any blind spots in your worldview, by definition, your worldview is too important to accept blindly. Your worldview should be hardy enough to withstand scrutiny. Should you discover flaws within your worldview, then that means it is time to change your worldview. I have seen people make radical positive changes in their lives due to a worldview adjustment.
Blind spots might befall us in colleague relationships, family, career planning, or worldview. Seeking to identify those blind spots will give us the opportunity to make these four areas better. That will only help our personal and professional growth.