Your biggest strength is also biggest weakness
Every one of us has characteristics and talents that are natural to us. It is part of our overall makeup that makes us unique and special as individuals.
It may sound like a riddle, but it’s actually an important paradox: Too much of a good thing – including positive traits – can become a bad thing. Attachment may be both strength as well as weakness.
It’s a saying that applies to your professional talents and career trajectory as much as anywhere else.
The strengths tends to become weaknesses when either overused or not suitably adapted in changed scenario of job enhancement. In the climb up the corporate ladder, the line between strength and weakness isn’t always clear. Enhanced job responsibility or promotion brings a different context requiring much lesser degree of old skills along with higher extent of new skills.
Blind Spot: The problem is that our dominant logics overpower all other points of view. Our dominant logics are so intense that we lose the ability to think outside of them. They give us blind spots. We become prisoners of our own ideology. Left by themselves, the pragmatic thinkers become bureaucrats. The big-picture thinkers become chaotic. The goal-oriented thinkers become control freaks. The patient thinkers become irrationally enthusiastic.
The same ambition and drive characteristic of a go-getter salesperson also earns him a reputation as a cutthroat manager. The meticulous, detail-oriented tendencies of a great accountant can also make him a nit-picking, micromanaging boss. The personality characteristics that help launch promising careers can turn into crippling derailers down the line. But they don’t have to. By identifying and taking steps to mitigate these potentially destructive behaviours early can avoid letting the greatest strengths become their most glaring weaknesses.
What are derailers? Personality is best defined from two perspectives: personality from the inside and personality from the outside. Personality from the inside, or identity, is the person you think you are. Because you create your own identity, it tends to change over time. Personality from the outside, or reputation, has to do with the way others perceive us. Reputation tends to be stable over time, and is an excellent predictor of future performance.
|Desire for results||Steam rolling over people|
|Independence||Poor team player|
To keep your strengths from turning into your weaknesses:
- Focus on the vision, not the problem.Acknowledge the problem and work to correct it, but do not allow the temporary issue to derail you or your team from the overall vision.
- Accept that you won’t have answer to every challenge. Reaching out for assistance, guidance, and mentorship is a sign of strength, not weakness.
- Don’t let your high standards and meticulousness turn you into a nit-picker.A major concern with perfectionists is that they expect others to be just like them. Understand that others set their standards at different levels, and recognize that you are a perfectionist. Determine what is acceptable to you in the results of others, but without expecting the same precise criteria that are, realistically, obsessive in your case.
- Refrain from using your skills as a strategic thinker to a fault.This virtue becomes a vice when contemplating too much on every little thing leads to “analysis paralysis” and then simply procrastination. Thinking a project through and mulling it over through discussion before initiating it is a good start, but it is nothing if the plan never becomes reality through action.
- Lead a team, but don’t try to control the team members.Being a leader is a great and necessary strength. Leaders know how to delegate and organize, and eventually get things accomplished in a team environment. When leading turns into overly controlling, it results in frustration, chaos, and resentment.
- Keep a positive attitude.Maintaining composure and a balance sense of self will help your team continue to rely upon you as their leader throughout the difficulty.