Super Vision in Leadership

In a world where the either-or mentality is alive and well, it is the enlightened leader who has the eyes to see that we live in a both-and world. In No-Drama Leadership I talk about a concept that I call Super Vision. Super-Vision is about having perspective–the eyes to see from a both-and perspective.

  • An enlightened executive has the ability to see margins, metrics and mission.
  • An enlightened manager sees purpose, processes and people.
  • The enlightened teacher sees both the scores and the student.
  • Enlightened workers see their own concerns, but also those of their customers and colleagues.

Where we lose alignment is when our perspective becomes myopic. The executive sees only margins but not mission. The manager sees only processes and not people. The teacher sees only scores, not students. The employee sees only his own concerns and does not consider those of his colleagues or customers.

Super-Vision is something that can be developed at any level of leadership. We need enlightened leaders at all levels who have the eyes to see a both-and world. It’s a matter of perspective.

MMarlene-Blk4arlene Chism is an executive educator, consultant, and author of Stop Workplace Drama, (Wiley 2011) and No-Drama Leadership (Bibliomotion 2015). She works with executives, and high-performing leaders who want to transform culture in the workplace. To explore opportunities please email