Great Leaders Focus on Making Strengths Stronger
STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE
As a young leader, I felt like I had to be great at everything in order to be a great leader. When my ego was left unchecked, I would annoy and sometimes alienate truly talented staff. The doers that I painstakingly vetted, couldn’t perform their duties with an excellence reflex, because I would micro manage them. It would take years of less- than- awesome leadership tactics, before I learned that leading less in what I wasn’t great at, I could accomplish more. When I finally got it, I enabled others to be at their best.
Be a leader that stays in their own lane and focus on making your strengths, stronger.
Great Achievers are Not Well Rounded
If you like to study people like I do, then you have examples of great achievers that focused on the few things that made them famous and not the things that they sucked at doing. The myth of a great leader being great at everything keeps young leaders stuck. Insecure leaders will pretend to know everything and spend time on things that they aren’t great at doing and injure the organization. Great leaders become legends as a result of focusing on the few things that they are great at, and delegating the other stuff.
Resist the tendency in thinking that if I don’t want to do it, then no one else will either. Your weaknesses are someone else’s strengths. Great leaders have the ability to leverage their authority to help teams thrive in furthering the company’s mission.
It can be really difficult to see the weaknesses if you aren’t self- aware. There were some key people that helped me to uncover the blind-spots that kept me from becoming a servant leader. If you are seeing a high turnover of talented people, it could be that you aren’t enabling them to be at their best. Focus on the few things that you are great at, and delegate the other stuff.