Every leader has a different set of personal strengths. We are most productive and effective when we are working in our strength zones. This means we are not as good or productive when working outside of our strengths. It’s a fact every leader has areas of weakness. Donald Clifton in Now, Discover Your Strength said, “Our definition of a weakness is anything that gets in the way of excellent performance.” So what can a leader do about their weaknesses? Below are three suggestions:
1. Delegate– Be intentional about having people around you who are strong in the areas of your weakness. Remember a leader should not be well rounded but their team should. When you have a well rounded team you are able to assign roles or tasks to the people who have strengths in the areas you weak in. It doesn’t make sense to be wasting time and working in an area when someone else can do it better and faster than you. Be deliberate about delegating your areas of weakness to the people around you.
2. Manage- Very few leaders are able to completely concentrate on areas of strength 100 percent of the time. The key is to manage your time and energy so you are spending the majority of your time working in areas of strengths. A leader’s role can have many responsibilities and sometimes a leader is not able to delegate a weakness. Certain times avoiding a weak area is not a option and the best solution it to accomplish what needs to be done so you can move back into your strength zones.
3. Focus on strengths- Do whatever you can to position yourself so you’re working in areas of strengths. When you concentrate and work in your strength zones you will see the best results and productivity. Everyone benefits from a leader who is working in areas of strengths. Begin the process by implementing the first two steps into your leadership.
Questions: How do you stay focused on your strengths? What are some other ways a leader can handle personal weaknesses?