10 Leadership Blind Spots to Avoid

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-26-2014 Email

It's all too common for CIOs and other leaders to lose sight of all the essentials which are needed to succeed. This could happen due to the wealth of never-ending little jobs that come with the territory, but get in the way of the accomplishment of larger, more impactful objectives. Or it could relate to the pure size of your organization, and the resulting hierarchies. Or somewhere along the way from the cubicles to your CIO office, you may forget about what it really means to stand out as an in-the-trenches team leader. The new book, Leadership Blindspots: How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter (Jossey-Bass), depicts how even strong executives can stumble due to a variety of unrecognized flaws. In the book, author Robert Bruce Shaw provides a large number of case studies to illustrate these situations, along with his recommendations for corrective action. The following 10 blind spots are adapted from the book, demonstrating how CIOs and other tech managers can transition from a narrow, self-focused perspective to one which takes into account the entire picture of an organization: from customers to team members to executive peers to the C-suite. Shaw is a management consultant specializing in organizational and leadership performance for executives and teams within industries such as telecommunications, financial services, defense, pharmaceuticals, power utilities and consumer goods. For more about the book, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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