Effective leaders in team-based organizations own their talents and strengths:
- They have a high level of self-esteem but are not narcissistic. They can tell you what they have to offer without bragging.
- They are excited to be working with team members who also have great talents and strengths
- They recognize their relative weaknesses but do not try to be all things to all people
- They are neither intimidated nor defensive about working with others who know more than they do in certain areas
- They have discovered their own talents and encourage their teammates to do the same.
- They use training and development opportunities to become competent in areas where they are naturally strong – not expecting to be great in all skill areas
How do you know your natural strengths?
- Pay attention to your immediate top-of-the-mind, spontaneous reactions to situations.
- Is your first instinct to figure out how to accommodate people’s needs; cooperation
- Is it to refer to past precedents to cover the current situation; conservative
- Do you immediately think, ‘what will my boss think?’; authority
- Think about what you have yearned for since your early life.
- As a kid did you want things neat and orderly; structure
- Become aware of the things you seem to learn easily
- Rapid learnings offer another clue to what your talents really are.
- Recognize the things that are really satisfying for you.
- If it feels good to see a team member excel; developing others.
- Do you like to break down complex situations and identify specific details; tactical
Thoughts and exercises from Gregory Huszezo’s Tools for Team Leadership: Delivering the X-Factor in Team Excellence.