Great leadership is not rooted in fixing your weaknesses. Goodness knows we all have enough of those. But greatness doesn’t come through addressing them.
Any competent golf professional will help his student build upon his strengths rather than try to fix his weaknesses. A student who is 5’5″ and 120 lbs. is not likely to crush the ball 300 yards off the tee! She is more likely to be adept at the short game, with touch around the green and on the putting surface. The pro will start there with his student.
An introvert is not likely to be a smooth pitchman. But he may well have a unique ability to read body language and unspoken cues.
Go with what you have. If you are logical and given to process, major in that. If you love people and love motivating others, make this your focus. Know yourself.
We make a case for this in our book Your Intentional Difference: One Word Changes Everything, which you can find here.
Here is our basic premise:
Eighty-five percent of what we do, select others can be trained and developed to do.
Ten percent of what we do , select others can be trained and developed to do.
But there is a unique five percent that you and only you can do the way you do it. This is your uniqueness, lived large.
You were made different to make a difference and this difference is an expression of your Intentional Difference, your 5%!
It is vital that you know your strengths, whether or not you use the Intentional Difference process as described in the book. You will want to know who you are, what you are made to do and then organize your life around these endeavors.
If you lead a team, you have the great opportunity to help your team members identify, flourish in, and leverage their strengths as well.
Knowing and living into your Intentional Difference is a secret weapon for your career and for your team’s success. It’s a vital ingredient in your Secret Sauce.
And for a fun introduction to the concept of Intentional Difference, watch this: