Formal or informal, when our companies give us our performance reviews,
they point out our “areas for improvement” (the politically correct way
of saying, the
things you suck at), then they offer us a development plan to get
better at those things. In other words — if you keep swimming, you’ll
get better at it.
all be good at everything. This is partly the logic behind having a team
in the first place, so each role can be filled with the person best
suited for that role and together, every job and every strength
Smart companies are the ones that identify
someone’s natural talent and help them become even better at it. The result is
a highly motivated employee who feels like the company is really
looking after his or her career. In return, they will reward the company with
superior performance (partly because they’re already good at what they’re
doing) and because they wants to do right by the company that is doing
right by them.
If you want to
lead, focus on your own areas of
leadership. If you’re a great motivator, then motivate. If you’re a
great manager, then manage. If you’re a great organizer, then help
others stay organized. If you’re a visionary, then talk about the things
you can see. Identify your own strength, build on it and surround
yourself with people who are brilliant at all the things you’re not.
What you’re left with is a team worth leading.