Why strong leaders get blindsided

Apr 4, 2011

Leaders with strong personalities* have one major problem: the stronger their personality, the poorer the quality of the data that they receive.Here’s what that looks like in practice:

The quality of data decreases as the personality indicator increases

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Why would this be? I’ll share that tomorrow. In the meantime, here are a few questions for you:

How would you rate your leadership ‘personality index’ (0 being, say, “Not sure if anyone knows I exist”, and 10 being, say, “Oh ,they know, baby…they know”)?

How would you rate the quality of the data you get to run the business (0 being, say, “Every piece of data I get is 100% wrong”, and 10 being “Every piece of data I get is 100% right”)?

Tomorrow we’ll get a chance to see how your guess plays out in the real word.

* By “strong personalities” I don’t necessarily mean leaders who are loud, or domineering, or charismatic or highly communicative, or brilliant, or hyperactive. They may be some or any of these, but they may also be passive-aggressive, bullying, cheery, pally, backslapping, or cripplingly shy. All that matters is that whatever their trait or mix of traits, it marks them out as distinctive.