Clear vision comes from understanding of self

By Timothy Bentley
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/19/2002

A lack of self-understanding is one of the greatest causes of failure among leaders. It’s not a matter of inadequate technical skills — an inability to read a balance sheet or write a good strategic plan.

Some of the most brilliant executives have tunnel vision — they’re blind to the personality forces that drive them, unaware of their impact on other people. Eventually those limitations can lead to serious trouble or stall their careers. For these executives, leadership coaching has turned out to be the most reliable route to enlightenment. And the foundation of its value is a thorough assessment.

The shared process of assessment