You may be wondering what to expect when you finally decide to uplevel your leadership. You might wonder what will actually change, how will you think differently, or act differently when you begin to take those steps. Not simply to better yourself a bit or to learn a few new skills to add to your leadership arsenal, but committing and truly making the decision to uplevel your leadership.
A leadership blind spot may be something that is recurring and always an issue. If you find yourself dealing with the same challenging situation over and over, there is a blind spot at play. There is probably some areas of your personal and/or professional development as a leader that is not getting addressed. Blindspots are deeply rooted beliefs and patterns that are informing the way that you're behaving as a leader.
Most leaders would admit that having a trusted advisor is critical for their career success and yet many leaders go their entire career without having a true trusted advisor. A trusted advisor could be an executive coach, a mentor, or a colleague. It is someone who can give you direct and actionable feedback, and further, they can tell you what others won't tell you.
When it comes to influencing others, leaders often make mistakes unknowingly. We will always default to how we've influenced in the past and repeat what may have worked previously, even if it didn't work as successfully or as fully as we anticipated. This happens because our approach to influencing is familiar. In fact, it's wired into us at a neurobiological level.
Many leaders attribute lack of support to office politics, difficult colleagues and poor business conditions. While it may be true that there are organizational challenges, it’s helpful to consider how your leadership credibility fits into the picture. Are you unknowingly sabotaging your own leadership credibility?