Summary of Leadership Blindspots

How Successful Leaders Identify and Overcome the Weaknesses That Matter

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Leadership Blindspots book summary
Effective leaders recognize that they don’t know it all, and part of what they don’t know is their own blindspots.


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To inspire their followers, leaders demonstrate confidence in their abilities and decisions while keeping an open mind, remaining willing to change their thinking and guarding against mental “blindspots” that lead them astray. This is challenging, because most people don’t know they even have blindspots. In this knowledgeable, useful manual, management consultant Robert Bruce Shaw explains leadership blindspots and their causes. He tells you how to find and manage your blindspots. The book’s appendix includes a useful “Leadership Blindspot Survey,” also available online. With thanks for that, plus Shaw’s helpful diagrams, charts, lists and feedback worksheet, getAbstract recommends his insightful diagnoses and practical prescriptions to leaders at every level.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What “blindspots” are,
  • What the main root causes are,
  • How they manifest and
  • How to deal with them.


A JCPenney for Your “Blindspot”
After a century in operation, the JCPenney department-store chain needed a jolt of new energy. The firm named a new CEO, Ron Johnson, former head of Apple’s profitable retail division.

Johnson revamped JCPenney. He shifted the firm from its...
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About the Author

Management consultant Robert Bruce Shaw specializes in leadership performance. His books include Trust in the Balance, Discontinuous Change and Organizational Architecture.

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    Sandra Kolb 2 months ago
    Great starting point, but survey does not give much insights on your real blind spots (only self-assessment where YOU think your blind spot AREAS are).
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    Strickland Molia 2 years ago
    this summary is very useful and eye opener to engaging employees.
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    Terry Seamons 2 years ago
    i love these summaries. they are so efficient to get meaningful concepts and practices

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