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Are Your Blind-Spots Holding You Back?
October 19, 2016

We all have blind spots, but most of us are – as the saying goes – blind to them! The difference between good leaders and truly powerful leaders who get results is the awareness of blind-spots.

Powerful leaders are self-aware of their blind spots.

Developing the self-awareness to identify blind-spots usually isn’t organic, so the executive leadership coaches at Awesome Journey have developed a list of the Top 10 Blind-Spots we see the most with our clients:


  1. Being Stuck – We all get stuck sometimes. It’s that feeling of not being happy in your current situation, but being uncertain where to go next.

Powerful Leaders Know:

  • State of Awareness: they recognize that they’re stuck because they are self-aware of their emotional state (feel frustration or anger and a fight or flight state-of-mind).
  • State of Action: they move from being stuck back into action by asking for support from others in less than 24 hours.


  1. Asking for Support – Leaders tend to believe that they need to figure everything thing out on their own all the time.

Powerful Leaders Know: Vulnerability = Power and Action

  • Being able to say, “I don’t know” means they are curious to explore new possibilities.
  • They have a support network that is committed to holding them accountable to their big goals


  1. Emotional Triggers – It is important to understand how your environment affects you

Powerful Leaders Know: Being self-aware of what their emotional triggers are, gives them the power to shut them down and view situations from a more objective and positive mindset.


  1. Relationship to Language – What you say and how you say it matters. When your language is generative (action-oriented) vs. descriptive (not action-oriented) you speak with more intentionality and power.

Powerful Leaders Know:

  • Making clear requests of others leads to better outcomes
  • Using the language of accountability will generate action with others
  • Creating clear agreements with others leads to clarity of expectations and a stronger relationship
  • Designing every conversation with a clear intention of the desired outcome


  1. Relationship to Time – We all have the same amount of time each day, yet some people achieve more each day than others. When your relationship to time is proactive (planned) vs reactive (wing-it) you become the owner of your time.

Powerful Leaders Know:

  • What their time is worth per hour
  • Have a “Chief Accountability System” – they book time for their tasks and activities to turn promises into priorities because it is in their calendar


  1. Intentional Listening – When you understand how your listening impacts your interactions with others you are able connect to create.

Powerful Leaders Know: The power of listening with the intention to connect and co-create with others vs listening to fix problems


  1. Impact of Your Daily Practices – Daily practices are the routines we all have that set us up for success.

Powerful Leaders Know: How their practices keep them focused, productive and centered:

3 daily practices that are common for Powerful Leaders:

  • Meditation/Deep Breathing to support quality thinking time
  • Self-Reflection – what worked well today and what was a frustration today
  • Power of a Pause – when emotionally triggered they pause before they respond


  1. Coordinating Action through Others – No leader can do it all; at least not if they want to grow. Powerful leaders understand the power of delegation.

Powerful Leaders Know: When they delegate responsibilities to others they coordinate action by being:

  • Thorough with details
  • Creating clear agreements with others
  • Holding others accountable for their performance by following up in an appropriate time frame


  1. Negative Self -Talk – Everyone engages in negative self-talk occasionally. It is important to be aware of when you are doing it and how it impacts your daily performance.

Powerful Leaders Know:

  • What their dominate negative self-talk is – “I am not enough or I am right”
  • How negative self-talk can shut them down in any conversation
  • How to minimize it and bounce back


  1. Power of Their Personal Mission Statement – Your personal mission statement is your “Why” (why you do everything you do). You mission statement drives all your actions, so it is a very important statement.

Powerful Leaders Know: What their mission statement is and how they are living it.

Check out “Know Your Why” by Michael Jr.



List 3 blind-spots you have and how you could overcome them.


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