How to Realize Your Leadership Potential

Lesson 4/10 - The Johari Window


How to Realize Your Leadership Potential


Lesson Info

The Johari Window

We've talked about our intentions. We've talked about our impact. Some of the things that can get in our way. Now, we're gonna get really into kinda the nuts and bolts of today's course. The first aspect of leadership, and we talked about being humble and hungry. You have to be hungry to get better and what you guys have already told me today is that, you know what? We're all so busy, it can be really hard to fit in time for your own continuous improvement. I can tell you it is so critical to be able to do that. What I wanna teach you today is around this idea of, this tool called the Johari Window. It's a great tool to help you to better understand your relationship with yourself and also other people, and how important relationship development and building trust is. First, I'm gonna teach you the tool, but first as we talk about this idea of leading self, here's another quote from Dee Hock. He was the CEO and Founder of Visa. This was his perspective. I don't know if this is the righ...

t, exact number or not, but you get the idea. Which is, "If you seek to lead, invest at least 40% "of your time in leading yourself, your own purpose, ethics, "principles, motivation, and conduct." Again, try to get really clear on yourself before you can really lead others. Model, by the way, continuous improvement for your team as well around. They're seeing you get better at what you wanna do and so if you really want to realize your leadership potential, you have to invest in yourself. You have to invest in yourself. We're just too busy, all right? You gotta structure it. Here's what this is all about and why it's important. As I mentioned, there's kind of two aspects to what this Johari Window is and what I wanna do is just frame right now for you what it is. Again, it's a tool to help you to understand yourself and others. There are four primary boxes, as you can see here. One is kinda the open, which is known to others and known to self. These are things like people know that you're phenomenal at Excel, so they come to you for Excel. Or, some of them may know that, people know that you maybe you love to play tennis, so you can play tennis after work. Okay, those are things that we kind of know about each other in the workplace. The other side is the blind side. This is not known to self and known to other people. It's called a blind spot. You may think that you are a phenomenal listener, but everybody else around you knows that maybe that you're not, (giggling) okay? Maybe that you are someone that's always, isn't on time. You may think that you're on time, but everyone knows that you're always gonna be late so they plan accordingly. We all, again, we all have blind spots, right? Then there's, this next quadrant is what's hidden, right? Which is, these are things that you know, but you've made a decision for whatever reason not to share it. You've made a decision whether or not to share it or maybe unintentionally you're not sharing some things that maybe you could be. That's the hidden category. The unknown is what's not known to you and it's not known to other people. An example of that could be hidden strengths that you may have. Part of what I wanna teach you today and what we're gonna be doing in the next couple of lessons, and this is the reason why I'm sharing this with you, is what I want you to do is what I want you to think about. What we're gonna be doing is going like this. How do we change this box? We're uncovering some of our blind spots. We're going across and then, wow that was a terrible arrow. There we go, okay. Then, we're gonna go like that, right? What we wanna do is, how do we build relationships? Share more so we can build higher levels of trust. Get to know each other better as a leader. How we're gonna go this way to uncover our blind spots. That's the Johari Window, and so that's what we're gonna be doing today and in these next couple of lessons.

Class Description

In this inspiring and practical course integrating real-world insight garnered from working with hundreds of leading executives and business Taavo will help you think and act your way to a greater impact at both work and at home. In particular, Taavo will cut straight through the leadership fluff and provide participants with simple and high impact actions they can implement immediately - enabling you to develop yourself and your team simultaneously.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Align their intentions with their actions to increase leadership impact
  • Leverage a simple approach to increase team engagement and performance
  • Understand how to empower others to enable innovative outcomes
  • Improve leadership agility and adaptability


D'Ann Lapenias

I thought the class was very insightful and beneficial in helping each and every one of us discover and pinpoint our weaknesses. It was also helpful in making us reflect on what elements make up a good leader. Not only this, but it gave us tools to put the lessons into practice, not only in our workspace but also in our personal lives. Additionally, I hadn't realized how difficult it is to self assess your own strengths and weaknesses and the importance of asking others for feedback. Take this course!

D'Ann Lapenias

Taavo is incredibly inspiring and keeps it real. Everything that was discussed in the class is applicable at all levels of leadership. I enjoyed and learned alot!

Marina Lowy

Did not expect to find this so relevant, but it was great. BRAVO! So glad I dropped in to this on air session during my lunch break. : ) Love what he is saying about getting feedback!!!!! Wish more leaders would do this!