Blindspots are often found in close proximity to a leader's strengths. As a result, they can reappear over time as a leader does what he or she does best. This pattern is evident in the life of Michael Bloomberg. He is one of the wealthiest people in the world, with an estimated worth of $25 billion. In his business, public sector, and philanthropic endeavors, he is known for being decisive, determined, and successful. Early in his career he was let go from an investment firm after it was acquired. With his severance pay, he founded the company that would make his fortune. He noted years later that “when I got fired from Salomon Brothers nobody offered me a job and I was too pig-headed to ...

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