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Leadership Blind Spots and What To Do About Them

Leadership Blind Spots and What To Do About Them

Karen Blakeley

ISBN: 978-1-119-20901-0 August 2015 Jossey-Bass 310 Pages


Knowledge is built from personal experience and coloured by our needs and values. It follows that all knowledge is personal and incomplete. We all suffer from ‘blind spots’. But when leaders have them, it matters. To guide people on a journey of continuous learning, understanding and adapting to events as they occur, leaders must overcome their own blind spots and those of their organization.

Any leader who implements the practices outlined in this book will immediately improve their ability to perform in today’s competitive global environment. Karen Blakeley provides in-depth analysis of how leaders learn on the job - and what gets in the way. Most importantly she offers a systematic approach for accelerating leaders’ learning capacity - and maximising their performance potential.




Part One: Leaders, Blind Spots and Learning – The Issues.

1 Leaders, Blind Spots and Learning.

2 A Model of Blind Spots, Learning and Change.

3 The Consequences of Leaders’ Blind Spots.

4 Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn.

Part Two How to Overcome Blind Spots and Accelerate Leaders’ Learning.

5 The First Practice – Direct Attention.

6 The Second Practice – Harness Emotions.

7 The Third Practice – Overcome Defensiveness.

8 The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Practices - Deepen Sensemaking, Engage Creativity, and Reality Check.

9 The Seventh Practice – Change Behaviour.

10 The Eighth Practice – Nurture Integrity.

11 Equipping Leaders in Complex Times.

12 The Exercises.

References and Further Reading.