Fun House Mirrors
I am currently sitting with my wife watching Supernanny and it is at the point where the parents come to reality that they had been distorting the truth in how they have been treating one of their children.
The situation reminded me of an illustration that Dr. Tim Elmore used in his book “Habitudes” , about fun house mirrors. In a fun house the mirrors are made to distort how we look, and as a leader Elmore talks about how poor leaders have a distorted view on their leadership ability and character .
One of the hardest exercises to do is to ask a co-worker, friend, or spouse how they see you. Sometimes asking them might correct out the image you were seeing and help create a better leader.