If you need a math problem solved, don’t come to me – that is, unless you want the wrong answer. Math never came easy for me. Science was a close second. I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I was when I found out I didn’t have to take advanced mathematics courses as a business student. If I had, I’m not sure I would have graduated.
On the other hand, subjects like English, Marketing, and Management completely resonated with me. They were easy, and I did well in them. I’m sure you can relate to what I’m sharing on some level. Each of us have unique talents, and these affect the way we think, and they affect the way we make decisions and solve problems.
For example, some leaders are more future-oriented, while others are more focused on the present. It’s not good or bad. One is not any better than the other. It’s just who we are. Some see the big picture more easily than others, while others are better-suited for understanding how things work together.
The most important thing to consider here is that all of this impacts our leadership, because our thinking talents and the way we make decisions are at the core of who we are. As Jay Niblick suggests in his article, What’s Your Genius?, “They make us the unique individuals that we see in the mirror each morning, and they hold the greatest potential for delivering our greatest levels of performance and success.”(1)
Herein lies the problem: If I choose to focus on a talent I don’t possess, I find myself sitting in Algebra and Astronomy again. I find myself working harder than anyone else, and yet I still don’t get it. Moreover, I’m having much less success than my peers. Conventional wisdom tells us to work on these things. Unconventional wisdom tells us not to question who we were designed to be.
At Leadership Addict, one of the things we talk a lot about is self-awareness. I hope you’ve found some of the articles we’ve written, as we all some of the resources we offer like our behavioral assessments helpful. As a result of these resources, I hope you’ve been able to increase your self-awareness; that you now have a better understanding of who you are; and that you’re not wasting precious time and energy trying to become someone you’re not.
I’m not saying we don’t have to work hard to be successful. I’m merely saying that, as a leader, I’m irresponsible if I don’t continue to refine the strengths I already possess. There is plenty of stuff I’m not good at, some I genuinely suck at, and fortunately, I don’t have to do them to be successful. And neither do you.
To achieve real success, find your best way of doing things. Help your team members discover their best way of doing things. And in doing so, each of us will lead with authenticity.
“In that moment – where all of our talents are optimally aligned with what we are doing – anyone can become a genius.” – Jay Niblick
What genius do you find in your own leadership? What’s one thing you can do to continue growing in this area? Please comment below. I look forward to reading your personal insights and engaging with you.
Nathan R Mitchell is America’s Leading Empowerment Coach. In 2010, in an effort to fulfill his purpose of empowering leaders to reach their potential, he founded the leadership development company, Clutch Consulting. Nathan is also a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team. Originally from Springfield Missouri, he earned his B.S. Degree in Management and an MBA from Missouri State University. He lives near Tulsa Oklahoma with his wife and children.
(1) Niblick, Jay. “What’s Your Genius?” What’s Your Genius, www.whatsyourgenius.com/whats-your-genius-book.