Leadership Nuggets

"But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave." Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:26, 27 NLT)

Monday, 29 April 2013

Leadership Nugget: Dealing with weaknesses.

Dear leader,

Many leaders would rather die than reveal any sign of weakness. As a leader, people are looking up to you to be strong, all the time and in all circumstances. I have sat through discussions with workplace leaders who would refer to peoples' area of weakness so negatively; 'too emotional' for someone who reacts passionately to issues, 'insensitive' to one who will tell you as it is,'too sensitive' to another who shows empathy.

We all have weaknesses.  These are not necessarily a bad thing but it could become a limiting character trait. Any weakness can be managed in a way that it does not become your 'achilles heel'.

The key is first knowing what those weaknesses are, be aware of how and when your areas of weaknesses manifests itself; if you don't know, you can't do anything about it.

Secondly, know how to manage this in a way not to overshadow your strengths. These require a high level of self awareness as a leader and brutal honesty with yourself.

Some tips on how I deal with my weaknesses. When you are in a situation where your weakness will be glaring, confess it upfront. If you are not a good public speaker and you have to do a presentation, open your session with a jokey confession of not being a good public speaker. It lightens the mood and make you look like a self aware person! If you are in the position to employ people to support you, make sure you get those that have strengths in your area of weakness so that you have a team that complements each other. You might also try to up skill yourself in those areas you lack the skill. This would give you the basic skill set you need and let you get along for a short while.

The best way to deal with your weakness is to let Jesus take over. I don't fear my weakness nor do I want to overcome them because in my weakness I know the grace of God takes over and this is sufficient for me. One of the joys of being a God centered leader, is that you don't have to maintain a stiff upper lip, you don't have to shy away from being honest with yourself and others about your weaknesses.

You can do like Paul did, boast in your weaknesses for when you are weak then you are strong because the grace of God is made perfect in weakness. If this is not so, Jesus would not have said you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world!

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