Leadership guru, Peter Drucker writes, “One should waste as little effort as possible on improving areas of low competence. It takes far more energy and work to improve from incompetence to mediocrity than it takes to improve from first-rate performance to excellence.”
The temptation is to spend most of your time working on your weaknesses. Don’t. Instead, focus on your strengths. You will be far more motivated to practice in areas where you are already strong than you will be to practice in areas where you are mediocre.
In the end working on your weaknesses will only bring you up to average which will make little difference. On the other hand, if you can master an area it will lead to the best you possible which is in essence the definition of integrity.
If you want to maximize your influence, shoot for greatness, which means you will have to “play to your strengths.”
Do you agree that strengths are easier to improve than weaknesses?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.