If frogs could fly

Frogs can’t fly and telling them to fly won’t help. Training them to fly won’t grow their little froggy wings. Offering a bonus if they fly won’t enable them to soar. Furthermore, giving them jobs that require flying, grounds them.

Trying to excel at everything dilutes your potential and wastes your energy.

Leaders tend to see the bad more than others. It’s easy, natural and necessary to work on improving weaknesses. However, there’s more to leading than seeing inadequacies and improving deficiencies. Focusing on what you don’t do well drags everyone down.

Strengthen strengths

I lead a local non-profit.  A few years back, during a leadership retreat, we decided to strengthen strengths rather than improve weaknesses. That decision radically transformed us from a backward to a forward facing organization. We began leveraging our strengths over improving our deficiencies.

Recently a leader said to me, “You’re our visionary.”  They said it in the context of my lack of organizational ability.  Sounds like a back handed compliment.  But, in reality, it reflects the powerful approach of leveraging strength.

Yes, I want to be a great organizer. However, I’ll help my organization reach higher by fueling vision and getting help with organization.

Have your strengths taken a back seat because you’re frustrated with your weaknesses?

Leaders reach higher by strengthening strengths
rather than improving weaknesses

Drucker wisely said, “Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

Frogs don’t fly. They hop. Go out there and hop.


How can a person know when it’s time to accept rather than improve weaknesses?