I went shopping for glasses the other day, I realized
how relevant the idea of "seeing" is to leadership.
off, when I wrote my book a few years back, one of the
questions I asked people about leadership was "who in
your life has inspired you to be the best you can be?"
Interestingly when people answered that question,
they talked about being inspired by people who "saw"
them for who they were.
in all walks of life and professions, at home and as
contributors within organizations, want to be seen.
Being seen for the efforts you put forth is a
just as our eyes fail us at times, so does our ability
to see others and situations appropriately.
most recent work continues to show me this first hand.
industries and leaders can often be incredibly myopic.
As a result they fail to see people, situations and
opportunities that may be looming just outside of their
line of sight.
and technically myopia is defined as nearsightedness or
best described when an image that one sees
when looking at a distant object is out of focus, but in
focus when looking at a close object.
in business and in life is present when you are only
open to the ideas and people who are in line with your
thoughts and perspectives. There is a prevalence
of "group think" or consensus like-mindedness. So
much so, that ideas, people and approaches that fall
just outside of this can be easily dismissed and
effective leadership to take place and for people to
feel "seen" leaders need a better set of glasses that
allows them to be less myopic.
The road to losing your myopia
starts with the recognition of how you may have gotten
myopic in the first place. The antidote becomes
clear in the process.
Comfort: Our need to find comfort in the like
mindedness of others can keep us from finding the
challenges to jolt us out of myopia.
Find those who challenge your thinking and
approach even if it isn't comfortable to do so.
Judgement: Our need to prove we are right
withholds our ability to learn new perspectives and
Keep an open mind and be curious. Would you
rather be right or get what you want through more
Acceptance: Our need to be accepted can
cause us to add to a myopic culture.
Constructive conflict can challenge status quo and
create better wins.
though I realize that my physical eyes just seem to
worsen with time (and age) my leadership eyes are
improving every day...and so can yours.
hope you are inspired to look for ways to "see" better
and become less myopic.
Laura Lopez is an
award-winning author of The
Connected and Committed Leader. She is a leadership and
branding expert who has been featured on the Today Show,
Latina Voices Smart Talk, Living Smart and Fox
In addition, her accomplishments have been
highlighted in several business periodicals
including Personal Excellence, The Long Beach
Business Journal, The Houston Chronicle, Latina
Magazine, and Central Valley Business Times. Her
articles on management and leadership are regularly seen
in Leadership Excellence.
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