Rethinking Your Focus as a Leader


I just read a great blog post by Brad L. Johnson entitled A Challenge to Principals: Focus on Staff Strengths. This entry really struck a chord with me. Thinking back to my primary and secondary education it is strikingly obvious how much emphasis our U.S. school systems place on improving upon our weaknesses versus developing our strengths. I believe this has then carried over and influenced the way most of us operate in corporate America, which has ultimately impacted all of us as leaders.

If everyone knew their strengths and were given opportunities to develop and use those strengths, we would have a lot of engaged, enthusiastic, committed, high-performing students, employees, and leaders joining together to balance each other out, in an effort to achieve great things.

For other great sources of information check out “StrengthsFinder 2.0” or “The Practice of of Management (1955)”

  • “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
  • “Do what you love; you’ll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t get this one right away.” — LL Cool J
  • “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Marc Anthony
  • “When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.”
  • “Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
  • “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” — Steve Jobs
  • “Focus On What You Control. Let Go Of What You Don’t.”
  • “It takes far less energy to move from first-rate performance to excellence than it does to move from incompetence to mediocrity.” — Peter Drucker
  • “Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” — Marilyn vos Savant
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