What do you do best? And more importantly, how much time do you typically spend in your zone of genius? If you can’t readily articulate your strengths, or if you know what your talents are but realistically invest less than 50% of your time in those areas we need to talk. Immediately.
Leadership is ultimately about framing a vision and compelling others to partner with you to bring it to life. If you want to be an effective leader, you’ll need to be honest about and aware of what you organically do well as well as where you most need support. The best leaders readily acknowledge their weaknesses and don’t expect (or pretend) to be great at everything. #BecauseIntegrity
Also? The fact of the matter is this: you’re not going to be great at everything. No one is fantastic at everything. No shade, simply truth.
If you want to create amazing results with, through and for your current team — or if you’re at the very initial stages of hiring a team to move from solo to CEO — consider these steps to gain clarity:
- Write down at least 10 things that you are uniquely positioned to contribute as a leader by virtue of your skills, experiences, education and strengths. How easy or difficult is this task?
- Ask friends, family or colleagues to weigh in on your 3 top talents. What common themes do you notice?
- Keep track of your energy throughout the day for a week, making note of the activities that fuel you vs. drain you. What patterns emerge?
- Think about an ideal day. How do you actually want to show up? What would you like to delegate to someone else – if not now, in the future?
Your best opportunity to achieve any goal you can dream up is aligned with what you’re uniquely positioned to create on your own or in collaboration with others. Get crystal clear on your own talents as a requisite foundation to subsequently identify and develop the strengths of those you add to your team. The cultivation of your collective talents can reveal critical opportunities to generate impactful outcomes.