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Should Leaders Focus on Their Strengths or Work On Weaknesses?

Should Leaders Focus on Their Strengths or Work On Weaknesses?








It’s important to be aware of both your strengths and weaknesses if you wish to find success as a leader. Being an effective leader means accepting the fact that building and emphasizing strengths is as important as working on the weaknesses. A wise leader knows when to shift focus. According to a survey, employees who are well aware of their strengths are more productive and can increase a company’s profitability by about 9%. The figure shows how important it is to be aware of your strengths, but you can’t totally neglect your weaknesses, either. The right approach is to find a balance. Now, to balance out your strengths and weaknesses, you first need to know what they are.

Follow the Example of the Most Successful People

Most people in leading positions constantly ask themselves what it is that makes one person a leader. Well, it’s more than obvious–it’s their strength that makes them stand out. When you look at the most successful people in the world, you realize that it’s true. Those who focus on their strengths rather than weaknesses have better chances for success, simply because of that driving force within them.

According to Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur, it’s enough to have faith that you can make it and do things that significantly boost your productivity. For him, it’s waking up early to work out, as that puts his mind in the right mood to face the daily challenges. That’s where his strength is at.

He knows what keeps him going and that is his focus. On the other hand, Marcus Lemonis, CNBC’s star and entrepreneur, claims that making an agenda of things every day greatly helps you deal with your weaknesses by actually using your strengths. Furthermore, he says that having a list of strengths and weaknesses helps you build your competencies.

It’s hard to admit that you have weaknesses and that you’re not good at something.

Peopleoften wrongly confuse a lack of skill in a certain area forweakness of character but that isn’t entirely true. Because of this, a lot of people in leading positions will focus more on their strengths rather than to ever admit that they do have weaknesses.

Your Focus Can Shift

The truth is, the best thing to do is what you feel like doing. Working on weaknesses is a very long and slow process that requires more strength than focusing on your actual strengths does.

For some people the magic formula to success is:“Do what you do best, what you’re good at.”

This approach, however, can limit you. Knowing when to shift your focus, when to work on your weaknessesrather than just focus on your strengths will allow you to evolve, to develop even further as a leader and go places you haven’t been before.

More importantly, by shifting between your strengths and weaknesses, you’re developing a resilience to change in your life. Developing this kind of resilience is a virtuethat most leaders aspire to develop.

By definition, resilience the ability to learn from your mistakes, quickly recover from any setbacks, accept failure, persist through various challenges, know how to recognize and jump on a goodopportunity, and use all that valuable experience to become better and wiser as a leader.

This is a virtue that most leaders aspire to develop. In fact, a new report from The Resilience Institute found that being resilient can improve intelligence by 25.3%, while also reducing stress  by about 33.3%.

Accept Things as They Are

Most of the time, when something goes wrong, peoplefind all sorts of excuses because they think that they’re not to blame for the failure. This is wrong. Ongoing introspection until you find a valid excuse doesn’tlead anywhere. Instead, accept that failure and try to find areasonable cause for it. Face the failure and use all your abilitiesto make sure it doesn’t happen again.

By doing so, you’ll show areal example of leadership that draws its strength from every resource available, instead of lettingyour fear of failure get the best of you. That’s exactly what stands between a successful you as a leaderwithhappy and motivated personnel and the other you, with disappointed and unmotivated personnel, poor relations and lots of wasted time.

Accepting things as they are might give a valuable insight into what went wrong. So, instead of focusing on who’s to blame, it’s better tofind outwhat went wrong and how to stop it from going wrong again.

Here’s a fun fact – when leaders know how to properly shift their focus between strengths and weaknesses, they can increase the employee productivity by up to 36%, according to a 2002 study.

These tips will help you instill positivity and confidence,keeping you and your employees inspired and motivated to keep going.

Nigel Allsop

Nigel Allsop










Nigel Allsop is the Founder and CEO of Proguest Marketing Services. He is also a Serial Entrepreneur, Business Development Consultant and Tech Enthusiast who writes on AI, IoT, Blockchain Startups and Cybersecurity. Some of his work has been featured on a number of reputable sites such as, and



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