May 1, 2009

Taken too far, your strengths can become weaknesses.

Consider two leadership strengths: forcefulness (using power to drive the organization forward) and consensus-building (getting people aligned on decisions). Overdo forcefulness, and your team's productivity may improve but its engagement may weaken, eventually undercutting productivity. Overdo consensus-building, and engagement may rise but productivity might ultimately suffer (for instance, decisions take too long), eventually eroding engagement.

This article shows how commonly leaders overdo their strengths, unpacks why, and explains how to strike a better balance.

Access the HBR article here

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