MVP: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1957
This week we continue digging into ways for you to grow yourself as a leader. Today’s strategy builds on strategy 2, blocking reflection time.
Strategy 3: Assess your strengths and weaknesses
As a leader, the demands on you are varied and complex. Although you can’t improve on everything at once, it is very important to keep in mind both your strengths and weaknesses. By leveraging our strengths, we can be more effective. By either improving or compensating for our weaknesses, we can also be more effective.
Think about the most important aspects of your work and the most important projects or responsibilities you have and list them out. For each one, identify what went well and what didn’t and then link the outcomes to specific leadership skills or knowledge.
Here’s an example:
*Disclosure: The example is from when I ran the series two years ago. Today, my reflection on the podcast would be entirely different, and that’s the point! Reflecting has allowed me to double down on the strengths and address the weaknesses.
Doing just one of these is helpful, but analyzing a couple other areas will start to show patterns and provide us with deeper understanding of both our strengths and weaknesses.
Take action now: Take one aspect of your leadership and reflect as above. Consider reflecting on how well you did in growing your people, as that is your most important responsibility (IMHO).