Strengths and Weaknesses

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Everybody has strengths and weaknesses. This is no great insight. What is interesting to investigate is how we use our strengths and weaknesses in leadership situations. I was taught years ago that it is important to know what you do well, but not to work at making your strengths even stronger. I was taught to focus on my weaknesses and make them strong. Then, I would be a more balanced leader. That’s pretty standard advice.

But here’s what I found to be true. My weaknesses never did become strengths no matter how hard I worked at them. Even when I took classes or had a coach, I inevitably came up short. Yes, I would improve to some degree, but my strength skill set declined while trying to grow weaknesses into strengths. Have you found that to be true for you as well?

So my strategy for succeeding in leadership is to focus on your strengths. Do all you can and learn all you can to keep improving in those key strength areas. Then, add staff to balance your weaknesses to make a strong team. Allow your weaknesses to help others become valuable members of your squad.

Know this,  “It will always be through your weaknesses that character is forged…always.”It’s also through your weaknesses that others are drawn to your legitimacy as a leader. The Apostle Paul, one of the greatest teachers and leaders of all time, wrote what God had revealed to him:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

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