All of the leaders I talk with want to lead at maximum performance. They desire to be more productive at work and to increase in leadership effectiveness. I want to share with you one principle which will allow you to increase your productivity and effectiveness. While this is not a secret, in my observation it’s something leaders often overlook. The principle is:
To be and stay strength-based while delegating or avoiding areas of weakness.
In Beyond Talent, John Maxwell shares a story which illustrates why being a strength-based leader is so essential. He says,
“Focusing on weaknesses instead of strengths is like having a handful of coins – a few made of pure gold and the rest of tarnished copper – and setting aside the gold coins to spend all your time cleaning and shining the copper ones in the hopes of making them look more valuable. No matter how long you spend on them, they will never be worth what the gold ones are. Go with your greatest assets; don’t waste your time.”
To see what embodies a strength-based leader, let’s look at two definitions. In The Leadership Mandate I wrote, “Your strength zones are the areas that come easily to you, cause you to be efficient, and allow you to produce high levels of results when working in them.”
Gallup.com which researched and studied the topic of strengths said this, “A strength is the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity.”
These two definitions reveal why being a strength-based leader is so essential and beneficial. This is one of the main reasons why I write on the topic of strengths. In fact, it’s the topic of the book I’m currently working on (which should come out this summer).
Becoming strength-based requires being intentional about discovering, developing, and consistently working in your dominate areas of strength. I can guarantee when you do you will increase your productivity and effectiveness. Strive to be a strength-based leader. I wrote a series about the three step process to unleashing your strengths. Below are those posts:
Questions: How intentional are you about being and remaining strength-based? What are the benefits you have seen when working in your personal strengths?