It is important for leaders to remain strength-based. Strengths are the skills and activities that come easily to you, cause you to be efficient, and allow you to produce the highest level results when working in them. The challenge though is that we all have weakness. These are the areas that drain our energy and only allow us to produce minimum results when working in them. The solution is to manage our weakness so we can spend more time in areas of personal strengths. Here are 4 practical ways to manage your areas of weakness.
1. Don’t do it
There are responsibilities and tasks only you as the leader can or should be doing while others you don’t need to do. Take time to review your job requirements and roles so you can find out if you are spending the majority of your time in areas of strengths and the areas of weakness you are working in, but that you should stop doing. If you can afford not to do or perform a task in an area of weakness chose to simply not do it. Also, make sure not to volunteer to take on projects, extra assignments, or a new position until that will cause you to work or work more in your areas of weakness.
2. Delegate it
One of the most efficient ways of managing your weakness is to delegate it to someone else. This is when knowing the strengths and weakness of those you work with comes in handy. You can delegate the area of weakness to one of your staff members or ask a trusted colleague if they would be able to do the task. The key is to make sure the person you ask is strong in the area. Since the task or area of responsibility will be an area of strength for the person you have asked they will enjoy doing it and likely achieve better results than if you would have done it. Learn about your team then delegate different tasks to them.
3. Partner with someone
If you can’t delegate the task or project you can consider partnering with someone to help you get it done. This way you will not have to complete or do it all by yourself and you will spend less time in the area of weakness. Consider breaking the task or project up equally between yourself and the other person or persons. Try focusing on the areas each of you is strongest in within the weakness, the task or project. Even if the whole project is in an area of a weakness it might be better getting help then doing it all yourself.
4. Find resources to get it done
The World is advancing in technology each day. You can now find relevant resources and tools that will help you in completing some of or all of the different tasks or projects you need to do. You can find systems that allow you to automate what needs to be done or you can outsource it to a professional service. For example, I hire someone through Fiverr.com when I need a word document converted into an Amazon eBook or PDF. I’ve also outsourced when I need a new book cover and have a family member assist me with my book edits. This has saved me from hours of learning and working in areas of weakness. You should automate or outsource as many things as possible, especially if it’s an area of weakness.
Questions: How do you remain strength-based? Which of these tricks could you apply into your leadership to be more strength-based?
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