Do you know what your blindspot is? Have you tried to look for a blind spot? Or can’t you see it from where you are? I’m not talking about driving, we are focusing on your capabilities, talents, strengths, and that dirty word – weaknesses. In leadership, we need to know where we are good, and where we need to delegate!
If you are a regular reader on this blog, you may find it a bit surprising that I didn’t use the world “improve”. I used the word delegate. How can you get better at something if you give it to someone else to do? That isn’t the point. In an organization, you need to delegate to the people that have those strengths.
For example, in my career as a sales person, my biggest weakness is cold calling. My greatest strength is presenting & closing. I want to spend more time closing, and less time cold calling. In order to do that as a team leader, I need to find others on the team that excel in setting those appointments for me. That is not me avoiding the difficult part of sales. What that is, is being an effective leader of a team, and utilizing everyone’s strengths for the betterment of the company.
Abraham Lincoln knew this principle very well. In the biography “A Team of Rivals”, Doris Kearns Goodwin chronicled this very well. Lincoln knew he needed his rivals that were better at certain things around him, to lead the country through the Civil War. There are a lot of lessons in this book, and this is only one of them.
What is your blind spot? Where does your ego step in before you acknowledge something you are not great at? What things are you doing today that would be better suited for someone else on your team? By delegating those responsibilities, you get better results AND you grow your team.
At the Kole Performance Group we help you enhance your strengths, and find your blind spots! If you are looking for a way to start learning more about leadership, check out the upcoming event!
Live2Lead – 2018
The leadership event of the year is coming soon! This years speakers include; John Maxwell, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink, and Debra Searle … October 12th, simulcast live in Detroit / Ann Arbor area! Learn how to:
- Master the art of the shift with John Maxwell so you can increase your agility and keep your leadership edge.
- Apply Daniel Pink’s insights on the science of timing so you can make decisions faster for greater impact.
- Understand the value of change with Carly Fiorina so you can prepare your organization for its next great leap.
- Grasp the power of choice with Debra Searle so you can tap into the mindset of the most successful leaders in the world.