By far my favorite talk at the Catalyst West Leadership Conference was Andy Stanley. Man, so many of the talks he gives feel as if the talk was developed exclusively for me.
Here's a few thoughts from Andy:
Only do what only you can do – This is something I could take a
week just to think and chew on. What is it that only you can do at
your organization? I know there are things I've been doing in my life
that I can have someone else do. It's natural for us as leaders to want
to do everything. We most likely have high energy, want to help
people, and want to make it happen. We also have a tendency to think we
can do tasks and run projects more effectively than others. As
effective leaders we need to only do what only we can do.
When I do things I don't do well, things don't go well – As a
leader, we're given strengths and weaknesses for a reason. We need to
focus on utilizing our strengths for the greater good, and we need to do
everything possible to avoid our weaknesses. And when we do tasks and
projects that are in our weak areas, things don't go well. The result
is most likely going to be weak.
My fully developed strengths are worth more to my organization than my marginally improved weaknesses – It's a fact of life that we all have strengths and weaknesses. And it's up to us as leaders to discover what our strengths are, then we need to find ways to focus on those strengths. We should do nothing else but focus on those strengths to develop them, improve them and make them better. We're going to improve much faster with our strengths than we will ever improve our weaknesses.