Once you’ve discovered your strengths, you need to discover
something else: your strengths can work against you.
Many leaders know this on some intuitive level, and they see
it in others. But they don’t see it as clearly in themselves. Mainly, they
think of leadership development as working on their weaknesses. No wonder. The
tools used to assess managers are not equipped to pick up on overplayed
strengths, when more is not better.
Nationally recognized leadership experts Bob Kaplan and Rob
Kaiser have conducted thousands of assessments of senior executives designed to
determine when their strengths serve them well, versus betray them. In this
groundbreaking book, they draw on their data and practical experience to
identify four fundamental leadership qualities, each positive in and of itself
but each of which, if overemphasized, can seriously compromise your
effectiveness. Most leaders, they’ve found, are “lopsided,” they favor certain
qualities to the exclusion of others without realizing it. The trick is to keep
all four in balance.
Fear Your Strengths provides tools to help you become aware
of your leadership leanings and excesses and provides insights for combatting
the mindset that encourages them. It offers a practical psychology of
leadership, a better way for leaders to calibrate their performance so that you
can make sure your strengths don’t overpower you but rather move you, and your
organization, forward. Download and start listening now!