Not all weakness are the same

Waffles are uniquely tasty because of what they don’t have.  It’s the empty spaces that make them delightful. The empty spaces catch and hold sweet stuff like: butter, syrup, jam, or peanut butter.

Trust and empty spaces:

Don’t trust leaders that think they can do all things well. You can trust people who know and acknowledge they have empty spaces.

Our empty spaces open doors of influence.  Call me perverse, but I love people who struggle, fail, learn, and get up again.  I’m drawn to them. I’m open to learn from them.

“Omni-competent” leaders are either intentional phonies or they don’t know they don’t know. In either case they are dangerous.

Embracing what you can’t do opens doors to effective delegation, acquiring new skills, attracting new talent, and most importantly, trust.  However …

Not all weaknesses are the same.

Ten characteristics and behaviors that derail leaders:

  1. Over-dependence on a mentor
  2. Inability to adapt to a boss with a different style
  3. An insensitive, abrasive, or bullying style
  4. Aloofness or arrogance
  5. Betrayal of personal trust
  6. Self-centered ambition
  7. Failure to constructively face an obvious problem
  8. Micromanagement
  9. Inability to select good subordinates
  10. Inability to take a long-term perspective

List source: Individual Differences in Leadership Derailment

It pays to know the difference

Even though this post focuses on weaknesses, success is always based on leveraging strengths. However, some weaknesses are incredibly dangerous. Without attention, some weaknesses will derail you.

When do a leader’s weaknesses become problems?