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How Great Leaders Overcome Their Weaknesses

July 23, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Programming Director, Disney Institute

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The best leaders understand that they cannot thrive on their own. Their goal is not perfection, but rather, to understand where he or she is imperfect. These leaders surround themselves with the types of people they can entrust their careers to; they fill the gaps by constantly leveraging the strengths of their team.

A common mistake: Weak leaders surround themselves with weaker teams to avoid conflict.

When your team reflects the values and vision of their leader and broader organization, when egos are sacrificed to focus on a greater goal, and when the collaborative efforts of the team are valued with recognition and appreciation, teams can leverage the strengths of other members to fill the gaps.

Leadership Tip: Great leaders are keenly ware of their strengths and the strengths of their team members—and leverage these constantly.

Consider the Disney brothers. Walt was a creative genius and a masterful storyteller, though historic records suggest his interpersonal skills were limited. Roy was a tenacious and shrewd businessman who, as Walt’s partner, handled the financial side of the business. Though their skill sets were very different, their partnership was successful because they shared the same core values.

Would you trust your career to the people on your team? How does your team work together to fill one anothers gaps?


Posted in Leadership Excellence | Tagged Leadership Training & Development, Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles, Leadership Models, Employee Engagement Ideas, Employee Retention, Bruce Jones | 1 Comments


1 Responses to How Great Leaders Overcome Their Weaknesses

  • Colby says:

    on July 24, 2013

    The greatest challenge many leaders face is hiring those who are at least equal to them. Insecure leaders hire inferior leaders. They don't look at the bigger picture of hiring a great team. The team accomplishes the goals of the leader. To hire weaker leaders is a choice to achieve very little.


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