As someone who has needed to wear glasses since the age of 9 you would think I would be used to any changes in the eye department. In my early 20’s I switched to contact lenses which I found much better. Of late though shorter distance have become a problem (apparently age related) and now I need to put on reading glasses as well. Thing is I really don’t like the change it is such a hassle to carry glasses around as well. To focus on anything up to 4 feet I have to intentionally put on my glasses. To maximise my focus, I need the right lens.
It reminded me of the fact that as a leader I am naturally future oriented. To concentrate on the details I need to be very intentional. I have to choose to focus on the things that do not comes so naturally. You might resonate.
An accidental leader is someone who operates out of their natural abilities only, choosing to operate in default instead of intentionally. Such a lack of self-awareness can have serious consequences for their leadership and influence.
“The greatest tragedy for any human being is going through their entire lives believing that the only perspective that matters is their own.” Doug Baldwin
Whatever your natural unconscious way of looking at the world is you have probably noticed that those you lead and work alongside seem to have a different view. For you to lead effectively, you must learn to celebrate this. Great leaders learn how to access the perspective of others in order for their leadership to go to the next level. Your perspective whilst valid is not the only view to get the best picture requires all to bring their perspective to the table.
Successful leaders can leverage the view of others to create the best way forward for the organisation and at the same time access the best operational way to achieve it. Have you learnt how to access those other voices around the table? It requires you as a leader to be intentional it won’t happen by accident.
Leveraging all Perspectives
“Only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued can we start to get a full picture of the world: who we serve, what they need, and how to successfully meet people where they are. Listen, learn, unlearn, know when to lead, and know when to let others lead.” Brené Brown
- To understand others, you need to understand yourself. Being aware of others starts with you.
- Your perspective is valid and so are the perspectives of those you lead and work alongside.
- To access the perspective of others leaders must create an environment in which it is safe for all to contribute.
- Accessing perspectives different to your own enables a clearer and fuller picture which helps avoid potential pitfalls and maximises the opportunity.
- Create a learning culture not a blame culture, invite others to contribute and actively listen to what they have to say.
- Ask more questions and keep statements to a minimum.
I may not find it convenient to keep putting on glasses in order to read and see the computer screen it does however make me more effective. Leaders who pay attention and intentionally press in to understand perspectives other than their own are more successful and effective.
What action will you take today to understand those other views around your team and organisation?
“The power of perspective is an intentional discipline. It takes time and commitment, but it creates an understanding between you and the people you lead that allows you to move forward, faster—and with increasing success.” John Maxwell
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