One of the most important prerequisites for leadership growth is beating your blind spots. Perfect people do not have any blind spots. Therefore, if you are a perfect person, then this material will not apply to you. Read no further.
You are still reading. That is a good sign because it means you—like me—recognize that we are not perfect. We all have blind spots. We have come to understand that the question is not whether we have blind spots, but rather what are we doing to eliminate them where possible and compensate for the ones we cannot completely eliminate? Blind spot awareness is something that tends to grow over time if we are personally and professionally committed to growth.
Blind spot awareness directly correlates with a willingness to learn. When a person is new in a certain industry or position, it is easy to be overconfident after acquiring a nominal knowledge of that new world. However, when that occurs, then that person will tend to have many blind spots and not even know they exist. Additional learning is usually the key to conquering those blind spots.
Blind spot awareness correlates with humility. An arrogant or prideful person will have difficulty recognizing his or her blind spots. However, amazing things can happen when that same person shifts to a humble attitude. Opportunities will abound for gaining insights into blind spots and how to conquer them.
Blind spot awareness correlates with a willingness to receive feedback from other people. I am certain that you have observed a certain person manifesting a serious fault or flaw in some aspect of leadership or performance. You probably looked at that person and could not believe that she did not see what was happening. Turn the tables on this. Is it possible you have ever been that certain person? We all have. That is why continuously demonstrating an approachable persona is extremely important.
The worst thing about blind spots is that they enable us to do damage ignorantly. That is why recognizing blind spots is crucial so that we can correct them or compensate for them.