Help Others to Play to Their Strengths

December 27, 2007

As some of you might know, I played competitive golf on a very high level for over eight years.  While a teenager and in college I traveled to nine different states to compete competitively.  One of the many things my swing coach & teacher Chris Bitticks always taught to me was to play to my strengths and work on my weaknesses.  This meant that when playing in a tournament I was suppose  to focus on using my strengths and when practicing I was suppose to practice in the areas that my game was weak.

While in a tournament playing to my strengths meant doing everything I could to just get the ball on the green.  The best part of my game was putting, so may times I would aim for the middle of the green not worrying about where the flag was because I knew that if I could find a way to get the ball on the green, I had a good chance at birdie and an even better chance at par.

If you’re in a position where you lead several people I’m sure you know what strengths and weaknesses they have.  What are you currently doing to let them play to their strengths?  Start to give them projects and tasks that will allow them to use their strengths for the benefit of your organization.  Often this can get a little complicated because this might mean someone will have to adapt tasks and projects that aren’t part of their job description. This can become tricky, but if the person enjoys doing what he is good at (which is usually the case) you shouldn’t have a problem.

Just an idea of how you can make your team better at what they do and increase your level as a leader.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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