Terri Hughes Blog

Take Off Those Blinders

Posted on Monday, September 08, 2014

How often do you do or say things that create results just opposite of what you are trying to achieve?

Remember, it’s not about how smart or experienced we are as leaders that creates our success.  Rather, it’s about how self-aware we are and how well we observe ourselves in action to allow us to shift seamlessly along the way.

It’s not enough to have good intentions if you’re not clear about how you’re being perceived, and most of us are unaware of our impacts.

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It helps to first get clear on what you want to accomplish, and then determine if it's you getting in the way of your desired results.

Ask yourself:

  • What do I want to accomplish for myself and the people around me?
  • Do I clearly know my strengths and areas of opportunity?  Would others who work with and around me agree with my assessment?
  • Am I clear about my thinking patterns and how I use them in specific situations, and how they impact others?  When I am under pressure, or being criticized?
  • How do my personal leadership behaviors add to or undermine the results I am trying to achieve?
  • Are my actions and words in sync with my intentions?  Or am I confusing others when they aren’t?
  • How would my listening behaviors be described by others?
It’s easy to become confident and comfortable with the picture we have of ourselves.  It’s not easy to put the mirror up and face facts that as leaders, we frequently get in our own way.  And if we don’t periodically test our self-awareness assumptions, we run the risk of overlooking important impacts on others that can undermine results.

The good news is that becoming self-aware doesn’t have to painful and hard.  But it does take introspection and being open to feedback from others.  Increasing self-awareness can help you put together a whole picture of yourself to recognize your most important simple shifts toward greater leadership effectiveness!



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