A key distinction between effective and ineffective leaders is their ability to increase their self-awareness when it counts. But, this is no easy task.

The demands on today’s executives are greater than ever before. While massive amounts of data are available to analyze, changes in market forces are more unpredictable and complex, and decisions need to be made and implemented on accelerated timelines. The challenge is that when the pressure to perform intensifies, managers tend to draw on their past experiences and underlying assumptions that often cloud their ability to see and respond to changing dynamics in an unbiased manner.

Objectivity is the ability to recognize and accept things as they are without projecting our mental models, past experiences or fears. Objective leaders respond to ongoing business and personal challenges more thoughtfully, deliberately and effectively.

To do this we must:

  • Understand our inherent subjectivity
  • Learn how to increase objectivity in the moment
  • Understand the five most common mental models
  • Learn how to identify and assess the mental models that may be impeding your progress
  • Transform limiting and unproductive mental models

This recorded presentation covers four innovative approaches for becoming a more self-aware leader.  

Elizabeth ThorntonAbout the Presenter

Elizabeth Thornton is a Professor of Management Practice at Babson Executive Education and an Adjunct Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Babson College. She also was Babson’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Professor Thornton developed a new curriculum called the “Principles of Objectivity,” which she teaches to graduate students and to corporations through Babson’s Executive Education. Her work is featured in a weekly blog on Huffington Post. Professor Thornton is the founder and CEO of Entrepreneurship Advantage, Inc., a training and consulting firm that provides resources and tools to help businesses increase profitability. She has over 15 years of corporate experience with institutions such as American Express and Bank One and more than 15 years of consulting/entrepreneurial experience with such clients as the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Clinton ’92/The White House, and a global beverage company.