There’s nothing worse than a lack of self awareness, special for a leader. If you’re a fan of the the sitcom, The Office, think of branch manager, Michael Scott and his apparently clueless existence. It’s more often sad and uncomfortable than it is funny. But not matter you role at work, school and in a relationship, your ability to identify your strengths and weakness is key in determining whether you are going to navigate life successfully or not.
Regardless of what your mother told you growing up, you’re not wonderful at every task in life. I know that’s a significant blow to your self esteem, but get over it, and fast. I had to. Sobriety in life goes beyond not being drunk. It implies that you can look at yourself honestly and assess your skills and talents as well as the areas you are ignorant, deficient, and just plan inept. I had to make peace with the fact that I’m inept at several things. For one, I cannot fix anything mechanical. I also not good building stuff with my hands, even though I used to be part owner of a cabinet company. I can, however, build a business and assemble a great team. Intuitively, I know what the next steps should be in a business or project, but I hate to spend the resources to do it.
We usually get in trouble when we fail to identify our weaknesses and waste a lot of resources and time fixing the stuff we should not have been involved in the first place. Just ask Gwen about the shelving system I decided to install once. It cost us double: once for me to install it, and then again for someone else to make it right.
But some costs are irrecoverable. A lot of business, church plants, and organizations fail because the leader is not self aware and fails to staff to her weaknesses. Visionary leaders are notorious for not being detail oriented. I don’t care how great the vision is, if you cannot execute, it’s not going anywhere.
I’m not saying that self awareness is an excuse to disregard personal growth. If you are not growing, you are dying and taking those around with you down. But understanding your areas of strengths and weaknesses will help you focus your efforts on your sweet spot and give your career, business, or ministry legs to run.
How self aware are you?