Embracing our Strengths and Weaknesses
9/15/2017 1:14 PM
Part of being a good leader is recognizing what you do well, and what you don't. This goes beyond mere delegation and really gets at the heart of accepting who you are as a leader. Have the confidence to surround yourself with good people, and let them flourish.
It's not easy to admit our downfalls, but everyone has them and no one is perfect. Over the last ten years, I've talked with hundreds of references about a variety of candidates' strengths and weaknesses. I've picked up on some common characteristics among those seen as successful leaders.
Their humility allows them to say when they are wrong or when someone else can do something better. They are encouraging and inspirational without being seen as a pushover. The are willing to get involved and help without micromanaging. They are decisive. They make the decision, own the decision, and get others on board with implementing the decision.
Don't be afraid to admit what you don't know. Read books. Get a coach. Collaborate with other leaders. Ask questions and get input from inside and outside of the institutuion. Listen to the stduents. Listen to the janitor. Listen to faculty and staff. Listen to the community.
Allow yourself to be authentic. Allow yourself to be imperfect, but working for the good of those around you.