Your Leadership … + or – ?

Strength and WeaknessMy colleague, Anthony Iannarino has a unique way of addressing issues of leadership. Before we share the details of the topic, I will use the contraction “S/He” because we have female and male leaders. Here is the overarching characteristic of a great leader: S/He knows the individual strengths and weaknesses of the team members and can accurately judge the strength of the overall team based on these individuals.

S/He knows what they can collectively achieve together, and can see what they are capable of and anticipate when they may need a helping hand. A great leader also knows what motivates and drives each team member. This knowledge allows for effective communication with each team member. Now, we must admit that it takes time for the team leader to acquire this knowledge and insight.

Not surprisingly, the greatest leaders know their own strengths and weaknesses, when they have the vision, the passion, and the message, and need to improve on their ability to hold their team accountable for achieving the organizational goals. Great leaders exhibit an entrepreneurial orientation that is usually a benefit to the team and the organization as they use their abundance of energy and passion to tackle issues that others may shy away from. Of course, we are not suggesting carelessness that produces haphazard results.

Finally, it is important to know your team, but it is equally important for the leader to know their strengths and weaknesses even more thoroughly.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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