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Great Leaders Come to Terms with Their Weaknesses

We’re all better at some things than we are at others. The greatest basketball player in history (perhaps up until recent years) fell far short of expectations when he tried his luck at baseball. Leaders in the business world are no different. We have some things that we’re really good at, and others that could use some improvement. So, what should we do about those weaknesses? Should we just ignore them, and focus exclusively on our strengths?

In the Bible, there is a story about a mighty man named Samson. His physical strength was unmatched by anyone in his day. However, his weaknesses allowed him to be lured into a situation in which his strength was taken from him. Samson never acknowledged his weaknesses, and they ended up getting the best of him. If you ignore your weaknesses, will they go away? I don’t think so. It didn’t work for Samson back then, and it won’t work for us today.

So, how do we deal with our weaknesses as leaders in the world today? Really, it all boils down to acknowledging that we have them and taking precautions given that understanding. For example, rather than tackling a project for which we aren’t equipped, coming to terms with our weaknesses may enable us to delegate that project to someone more qualified. The problem doesn’t occur when we have weaknesses; the problem occurs when we do have weaknesses but we fail to acknowledge them. Great leaders come to terms with their weaknesses, and the whole team is made better off for it.