Leadership is primarily responsible for directing attention. To achieve this, leaders need to learn to concentrate on themselves. When we talk about focus, we often intend to think about one thing while filtering distractions. However, a wealth of recent neuroscience research reveals that humans focus in numerous ways on diverse neural pathways, some working together whilst others tend to oppose.
Grouping these modes of attention into three broad buckets focusing on yourself, focusing on others, and focusing on the wider world sheds new light on the practice of many essential leadership skills. Focusing inward and focusing constructively on others helps leaders cultivate the primary elements of emotional intelligence. A fuller understanding of how they focus on the wider world can improve their ability to devise a strategy, innovate, and manage organizations.
Every leader must nurture this triad of awareness in abundance and in appropriate proportion, since failing to focus inward leaves you directionless, failing to focus on others leaves you clueless, and failing to focus outward may leave you unprepared.
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