The first part of the sentence is great advice for leaders. If you spend time doing what you are great at then you will accelerate your growth and your organization, church, business, vision, etc will all greatly benefit. Marcus Buckingham has done a great job over the past decade preaching that message. But…..
Here’s the problem when it comes to young leaders and new start ups. If you only do what you are good at, then the odds of your vision or leadership going anywhere is slim and none. As a young leader, especially in a start up, you have to do it all. And you should. Its good for you. Get the mail, pay the bills, type the emails, make the copies, call the designer, make the speech, stack the chairs, pick up the food, send the thank you note, write the contract, return more calls, send out letters, and send more emails. You have to do it all because there’s no one else to do it. That’s not bad, that’s just reality.
How to move towards that position of working in your strengths:
- Try and spend more each week working in your strengths. Group other tasks together and knock them out quickly
- Bring on volunteers or other people who free your time. (this may take a while)
- Create personal systems that focus your attention
- Don’t get frustrated b/c you do everything now. All great leaders did at some point.
- Don’t let business wisdom keep you from being a servant leader.
Do you think young leaders or start ups can use the Strengths based leadership model?
How has the Strengths based approach helped or hurt you?