It may seem counterintuitive, but you don’t only want to lead with your strengths. Here’s why and what you can do about it.
People often ask me, “How can I become a great leader?” I usually put the ball back in their court.
“What do you do really well?” I ask. “Where do your strengths lie and how are you using them to bring out the best in those you lead?”
Answers to these kinds of strengths questions usually come naturally. I’ll often hear responses that reflect the connected, big-picture thinking of someone like Steve Jobs or the flexible nature of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who mentions the need to “refine your idea constantly” in the book, Leadership and the Art of Surfing.
But one thing that often surprises leaders-and I’ve talked to CEOs and high-level executives at large and small corporations throughout the world–is when I ask about their weaknesses:
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