Becoming a Better Leader

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Being a good leader is not about having all the strengths and none of the weaknesses that cause others to fail at it. Rather it is about knowing how to leverage strengths and not get too caught up with fixing a weakness which could be self-paralyzing. Because like it or not, there is no such thing as a perfect leader. And if you aspire to be one, or find yourself in a situation where you have to step up to the role, it helps to have a realistic view of what being one entails.

Self-awareness and the ability to make objective self-assessments are among the traits that can prove handy if you want to become a leader. The sooner you identify where your strengths lie, the sooner you can focus on building a leadership plan that makes the best use of what you excel at and allows you to use your weaknesses to become a source of information that will help you identify the people you need on your team.

While it is wise to work on your weaknesses, obsessing on turning them into strengths not only slows you down. It may also prevent you from tapping into the strengths of the people around you. Weakness may seem like a liability that makes you vulnerable. But that vulnerability does not make you a failure as a leader. Instead, it helps you lead others in a way that gives them a chance to explore, discover, and use their own talents and skills instead of trying to do everything by yourself.

In the end, having a weakness as a leader does not make you a bad one. It is how you choose to deal with it that will define the kind of leader you are.

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