Strength’s Weakness

Emerging leaders can often become liabilities to the team due to immaturity. They don’t yet know how to operate in their strengths, how to use them to the best of their ability, or even how to become effective in what they do.

I’ve watched young leaders in training be dismissed or relegated to the back due to an un-tempered spirit that doesn’t yet have the experience to know how to maneuver within the established hierarchy of the organization they work for. Sadly they are misunderstood, the very strengths they possess become their greatest weakness until they learn and begin to operate within professional order.

For emerging leaders it’s up to the “higher ups” to recognize their strengths, mentor them until they temper them, so that the emerging leader’s strengths will be the most effective within the corporate structure. An established leader should know how to develop the team’s strengths, harness their gifts, and then inspire each one to achieve the best possible outcome available to them in the position they hold. When leaders do this they will develop a team that is successful in everything they do.

I believe that the greatest call of a leader is to teach. Any person in authority who doesn’t understand the process of developing emerging leaders will throw away tremendous talent for lack of wisdom. Instead established leaders should recognize diamonds in the rough, take the time to develop their talents and teach them how to become the best at what they do. 

Okay so I can hear the rumblings of readers, who say, “but some people aren’t worth taking the extra time to develop, and frankly I don’t have the time.” To wit my answer is… You are only as good as those you lead. If you want to stand the test of time you will spend the majority of it developing those rare and amazing talents in everyone around you. Then you can plan your exit and know the work you’ve begun will live on and be fulfilled through countless others.

Take time to identify an emerging leader today, pour your professional knowledge and wisdom into them, help to temper their strengths so that they won’t become a liability. Then you will be long remembered as a leader of leaders and the legacy you leave will stand the test of time.

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~ by Charlana Kelly on July 16, 2008.

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