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Pete Ashby Of Introduces Keys To Being An Exceptional Leader: Blind Spots, Drama Junkies And Favourites

Pete Ashby from discusses the ease of developing blind spots as a leader, the drama junkies in top positions and the ramifications of CEOs with favourites.


Thursday, November 29, 2012, United Kingdom - Pete Ashby, top UK leadership coach who heads up tells of how, “It’s so easy to develop blind spots, especially in the case of Chief Executives who feel you don’t have the time to stop and look at your own behaviours for more than a few seconds.”

“So it’s no surprise that blind spots become entrenched for so many leaders.”

At this point Pete Ashby goes on to say there are also: “a lot of “drama junkies” in top positions, especially in public life. In their minds they go from coping with one crisis to another and those around them inevitably get taken over by this crisis mentality.”

“To the drama junkie, leadership is all about crisis management. They portray themselves as a source of steadfast leadership in stormy waters, whereas in reality they feed on the notion of leading an organisation in a state of crisis.”

“Yet they often don’t own up to this and can be quick to display irritation if you suggest they are in any way addicted to crisis.”

Pete, founder of the popular leadership styles and behaviours blog talks of how CEOs often, “let themselves work very closely and directly with a small number of staff outside their top team, without even seeing how much impact this is having on many other staff they hardly have time to say hello to.”

He then discusses how it’s important “that you try to create situations where you can work alongside your Executive Directors in encouraging and building and growing those members of staff who you think have the greatest potential.”

“There’s no problem with having favourites. The problem is with going over the heads of your top team and making the team look relatively weak, as well as ignoring the risk of other staff feeling excluded.”

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