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What Are Some Career Blindspots That Can Potentially Lead to Career Injuries? – See the 6 Things to Consider

Lee Ellis Leadership DevelopmentLee Ellis receives the following question regularly –

Question: “Sometimes, what you don’t see, know, or do can hurt you in the workplace and hamper your career prospects. What are some ‘career blindspots’ that can potentially lead to blindsiding and career injuries?”

Answer: As you know, many times it comes from just being an unhealthy dysfunctional person. Healthy functional people rarely have career blind spots and derailing behaviors. They have them early but learn quickly and move on. Here are some blindspots to consider –

1. Insecurities that cause us to get in our own way in life/work and especially as leaders. When you’re insecure, you don’t act out of real confidence in yourself and that never works. Typical examples are political back stabbing; self-serving rather than team serving behaviors; fear driven control (over-control and micromanaging) rather than servant leadership.
2. Poor emotional intelligence as indicated by or responding inappropriately in a situation. An example would be saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, not being aware of what’s really happening in the moment.
3. Character failures–which are more often driven by fear. Afraid you will not be taken care of, so you do something unethical. Afraid you will look bad if the truth is known so you deceive, lie, etc. to protect your reputation. This rarely works over the long haul.
4. Baggage from the past especially is one of the biggest, and it causes unhealthy responses. For example, problems with authority, inability to trust, and fear of conflict which causes the inability to have difficult conversations. These also usually come back to fear – fear of some pain from the past that is so strong that it’s still controlling your behavioral responses.
5. Out of balance between results and relationships (mission and people). Leaders must be able to do both to some level. We are naturally gifted toward one or the other, but we can’t just focus on one or the other.
6. Incompetence in your field. You see this less often but it happens, and it’s usually due to a mis-match between your type of work and your passion/talents.

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