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A thought about the JOHARI window

Johari WindowI’ve used the JOHARI window many times in the sessions that I deliver. It’s also known as the “Trust Model”. Developed by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham, for those who don’t know yet.

Listened to a recorded webinar just now. I missed the live one last week because of internet connectivity issues in Port Dickson. As I listened, I suddenly realized that, optimally speaking, none of us ought to have any “private” life. I’m not talking about aspects of our lives about which we ought to hold in honour and remain discreet, but what many leaders plagued with ethical issues refer to as their “private” lives. Some people like to assert that the “private” lives of leaders, political, business or others, have no bearing on their “professional” lives. Really. You’d trust the fate of your nation to someone who can’t be faithful to his spouse? Who, (recognizing we all have feet of clay) being confronted with the fact of infidelity, for example, shows no sign of repentance from it and takes no action to change his behaviour for the better, but rather maintains that it is his own “private affair”, and that the nation has no right to judge him for it? If he can’t be trusted by his spouse, by whom else can he be trusted? Will he really serve the nation first, not his own interests? Lamentably, many have chosen to leave the quadrants of Hidden Area, or Mask, as it is sometimes known, and Blind Spots closed. This leaves the Unknown area (Potential) open to, not positive growth, but the development of reprobation, which operationally is a rejection of universally good values for moral relativism.

So, next time I use the JOHARI window, this insight will certainly be discussed. Hope this has been useful for you, too! Go well!

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