Whenever you’re dealing with people, you’ve got to plan for the unexpected. As predictable as people might seem, they can always surprise you by making an unexpected decision. One of the key strengths in leadership is to plan for these unexpected events so that an immediate response can be applied. It is also one of the key weaknesses in leadership not to expect the unexpected.
What are some other examples of leadership strengths and weaknesses?
A leadership strength is to work on the development of oneself and their team. Set goals to be better tomorrow than you are today. Encourage others to take time for themselves to hone key skills and always have a greater perspective in mind.
A leadership weakness is to hoard all of the development opportunities. Instead of letting the team development, you’re just looking out for #1. That’s not inspiring. That’s just selfishness.
A leadership strength is to recognize what is going on in any given situation and adapt a response based on the most effective style of leadership. Whether change needs to be encouraged or results need to be maintained, the strong leader will be there to encourage what needs to be done on any given day, often with their sleeves rolled up and getting dirty with everyone else.
A leadership strength is to stay focused on just one leadership style and then trying to make that style apply to every circumstance. This is why change cannot be sustained in many teams. The leader hasn’t bought into the change, so they’re not going to make anyone else do it.
A leadership strength is to never assume. There are times when risks must be taken, but these decisions are based on knowledge and instinct rather than a guess. There’s a reason why the word “assumption” starts with those first three letters.
A leadership weakness is to make guesses. We might call them “educated guesses,” but that’s still an assumption that is being made. Sometimes a leader can come out smelling like a rose, but more often than not, the scent is more like what you’d find being spread on the crops at a farm.
A leadership strength is to recognize the difference between management and leadership. Some situations need to be managed because a team can accomplish tasks on their own with some guidance. Other situations require hands-on leadership that leads by example and shows a team what it is that they need to do.
A leadership weakness is to stay in management mode. Being a manager is easier than being a leader. When all you have to do is direct, you can stick your feet up on your desk and enjoy a long lunch. Don’t fall into this trap.
Leadership strengths for some may be weaknesses for others. Everyone has their own skill set. What is important for the modern leader is to recognize a weakness and then be able to exploit it. When that happens, there will be nothing that can ever hold you back.