If you study leaders - the actual person and not leadership - than you’ll quickly discover they don’t have a perfect well rounded profile as a leader. They are exceptional in a few areas and have surrounded themselves with people that are strengthened where they are weak.
As humans we have an extremely high capacity to learn but we only get incrementally better in our weaknesses. However, strengths are a multiplier. We learn faster, have greater intuition, better judgment, higher sights, and our input is multiplied in our strength zone.
Strengths give you the advantage, an edge. Ask yourself "where are I marginally better than others?" You don’t have to be sharp or massively better at first because you can sharpen your edge.
Find your edge and get sharpening.
Know what color you are not (aka weaknesses). A green pencil will never leave a blue mark. Find teams that lack the color you bring. The unique perspective, skill set, and assets only you possess.
Find your genius and exploit it.
Nothing great was ever achieved alone. It takes a team of sharp people to combat the ever-shifting demands of today. Iron sharpens iron. Sharp people keep others sharp. Communicate your unique sharpness to the team. And be wary of the people who are blind to your sharp strengths as they will draw you away from your edge.
Find your ace association and lean in.
Just how good could you get? How high will you rise? How much impact will you have...when you optimize your strengths to get sharp, unlock your uniqueness, and find association alignment?
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