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Beyond the Blind Spot

Academic journal article Manager

Beyond the Blind Spot

Article excerpt

LEADERS employ executive coaches for many reasons, but one of the clearest benefits is in the way it helps them to become much more aware of their blind spots.

We all have such blind spots, and for leaders they typically fall into three key areas:

1. The vision they have of the future,

2. The way they engage people around them, and

3. How they help their people to deliver results.

Good coaching tackles issues in all these areas: it helps leaders to build their self-awareness and to make those choices that best support their objectives.

In this context direct, honest and straight talking is essential. Leadership coaching provides feedback in the moment, and in so doing, it helps leaders to confront what, until now, they may have either been tolerating or pretending not to know. This might be in the areas of ignoring poor performance, failing to address simmering conflicts or even avoiding important conversations. In all such cases, effective leaders use coaching to bring focus to situations, which would otherwise continue to fester.

Of course, people avoid such situations because of their own levels of discomfort, but these become much easier to address when leaders have a clear set of values to guide them. Values provide leaders with both a foundation and a compass for all those difficult decisions that they have to make. And more than this, it is my contention that it is only when leaders are in line with what is important to them, that they will bring their vitality and inspiration into the workplace. …

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