Ever notice that no matter how smart people think they are, everyone except us is prone to serious errors in thinking? Each of us thinks we see the world exactly the way it is.
Even more shocking is that we think everyone else perceives it the same way.
If we happen to come across someone who disagrees with our worldview, it’s because they’ve not been exposed to the relevant facts or they are blinded by their own interests, ideologies, and biases.
Studies have revealed a phenomenon called “Naive Realism” that impacts each of us and limits an individual’s openness to the perceptions of others and also our willingness to change our positions.
It also limits our ability to see the blind spots we all have about ourselves.
The problem is Naive Realism can be a big obstacle to self-awareness, one of the key aspects of Emotional Intelligence, and way too many leaders lack self-awareness.
Hence, one way to begin to develop self-awareness is through a 360 assessment.
What often happens is that information in the 360 feedback report provides us insight that would help us become more self-aware of our behaviors and how we impact others.
Yet, when this information doesn’t fit our world view or self-image, one response to is to shift blame to other people, the organization, or factors outside ourselves. Hence we tend reject or rationalize this information, in an effort to preserve our self-image.
Naive Realism or center of the universe thinking, limits how we see things based on our world view, including our self-image view. I remember as a teenager, I had a saying that “I may not be right, but I’m never wrong.”
The problem is that too many leaders feel they can “never be wrong.”
In order to gain insight into 360 feedback information, a leader must first be open to another interpretation or perception about their leadership abilities.
360 assessment and feedback, coupled with regular thoughtful coaching, can be an effective way of breaking down these personal barriers and rationalizations.
Openness and understanding the perceptions of others … can help reduce Naive Realism and the blind spots we all have.
We all know the first step is to admit we have a problem.
Having such a wake-up call, along with support, can become a powerful transformative event.
Once we have experienced a Leadership Discovery and Strategy Session, if we decide to work together the next step is to conduct a 360 assessment.
It is a simple process that takes raters about 10-15 minutes to complete on-line and focuses on 18 key Emotional Intelligence behaviors.
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