Unfortunately, a sharp focus on goals is not the only kind of attention leaders need. Creativity and innovation, for instance, demand a more open and relaxed attention. This is where self-awareness is crucial: monitoring attention lets us check whether our mode of attention suits the needs of a given situation.
In “top-down” attention we actively decide what receives our attention. “Bottom-up” attention means we function mechanically, letting our focus be dictated by whatever grabs it. This bottom-up attention causes us to be ignorant of the preferences and blind spots in our unconscious minds. There is a place for this in life, of course – just not at work.