Tom Rath, author of Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow, says, “If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will never be great at anything.” Therefore, self-awareness is not a luxury, but a necessity for business success.
Leveraging your strengths provides motivation and focus for better outcomes. Your professional and personal ROI goes up when you’re working in your strengths.
Just as you need to know your own strengths, as a leader, you need to help your team members become self-aware and understand and utilize their own strengths.
Rath also says, “Although individuals need not be well-rounded, teams should be.” Build your team to compliment your style, not mirror it.
Complimentary team strengths round out the gaps in your strengths, helping you see in new ways. Remember as you build your team, you’re looking for individuals, not mini-me’s.
A well-rounded team allows you to focus on what you do best, while they contribute their best work to your vision.
What are your greatest leadership strengths? How do you use them to focus and prioritize for your business vision?
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