Weakness & Effective Leadership: How Strength and Action Align
In the business world, effective leadership is something that gets talked about a lot. Whether at business conferences, networking events, or inner-office meetings, it’s a topic that interests a clear majority of business owners and managers. At Levant, we work to foster a sense of leadership throughout the organization to empower our team and help them make the most of their work with our clients. One of the most effective ways to boost leadership skills is by leading through your weaknesses. In his book Don’t Lead Half-Dressed, Dr. Stephen Graves offers some advice to would-be leaders about their weaknesses, how to work through them, and how to use them to maximize effectiveness.
In the book, Graves quotes Peter Drucker, who writes: “I have not come across a single ‘natural’: an executive leader who was born effective. All the effective ones had to learn to be effective.” It’s impossible to be good at everything, although many people in leadership positions often attempt to take on everything themselves when they could delegate tasks to members of their staff. Graves argues that this inclination can be a hindrance and that a leader doesn’t have to be knowledgeable about every minute aspect of their organization—if they develop and grow the right skills and behaviors to make informed decisions to help guide staff, that is what matters for future growth.
A multifaceted team will have a variety of strengths and weaknesses to navigate. The role of an effective leader is to discover the individual strengths of your organization and relate well enough with your team to inspire and encourage growth. No leader is perfect, but the willingness to step back and let your talented staff do what they do not only empowers them to do their best work, it also helps them get excited about the company, its development, and its culture.
For more information on effective leadership or Dr. Stephen Graves, check out his book here!