Blind spots of power come with the CEO role no matter how good, or true, or well-intended you are. I know because I worked closely with many outstanding CEOs and hundreds of top leaders.
My experience was long term and up close. I participated in their tears (yep) and their triumphs. Acquisitions, restructures, large hopeful changes. Some worked—some gummed up the works.
I hired and fired and developed and discussed and assessed top talent.
I participated in strategy creation and new business evaluation.
I created many a top leader summit.
I was an executive coach (long before the term was invented).
My CEOs and top leaders, as I now know with more distance, were/are a fine bunch. Still, they were often unaware of growing blind spots. Some fought it with vigilant self-awareness while others remained blind.
I write my CEO Notes to Self to honor our work together. I too have had power blindness, every top leader does—no, no, no, no, no—you do—I promise.
I write to remind you of, and to remove for a moment, the blinders of power.
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