WEAKNESSES & A Team Exercise to Help Mitigate Your Leadership Weaknesses

by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 1/27/16.

Here is an leadership exercise to help you mitigate your weaknesses as you develop your strengths.  This is how you conduct this exercise.

1) Share what you perceive as one of your weaknesses.

> Pick a weakness that you think others could help you overcome.
> If the weaknesses to personal choose a different weakness.
> Each person should choose at least one thing in their leadership they want to improve.

2) Then comment on at least two weaknesses of others in your group.  At least two others will comment upon your weakness.

3) Give advice about how you have overcome this weakness and how you think they can overcome it.

This is an exercise that opens leaders up to helping one another overcome leadership weaknesses. But this discussion can also be personal. So here are the guidelines:

a)  When you share in a prescription for someone else’s weakness, use a weakness that you have also seen in yourself, but you have overcome.

b) Share the process you underwent to overcame that weakness.

c) Share how you knew that the weakness was finally overcome.

Just a sentence or two about each will help you develop your leadership strengths by mitigating your weaknesses too.

STRENGTHSFINDER & A Weakness to Keep in Mind While Using the StrenghtsFinder Survey

by Bob Whitesel, Professor of Missional Leadership, 8/20/15.

My students in LEAD 545 take the StrengthsFinder Survey to understand the “signature themes” of their leadership. This helps them build upon their strengths and work on their weaknesses during my course.

And, the StrengthsFinder survey may be one of the most juried and valid leadership assessment tools available, but it does have some weaknesses.

One is concisely described by an online analyst this way, “StrengthsFinder exhibits many characteristics of the Forer Effect, namely, that people lend credibility to descriptions of their personality that are vague and generally applicable, especially when those descriptions appear to be tailored to them, authoritative (backed by science, ancient wisdom, surveys of 2 million people, etc.), and generally positive.” (retrieved from http://danspira.com/2009/01/10/top-five-weaknesses-of-strengthsfinder).

So, just keep this in mind while taking the SurveyFinder.  Here is a video (from the same website, cited above) that humorously points out the pervasive nature of the Forer Effect or Barnum Effect.

MORALS & The Longer You Look at Something, The More You Will Think It is Right

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that “participants were more likely to choose the answer they had spent the most time looking at,” even when the answer was morally ambiguous or repugnant. This suggests the more you gaze at something, the more likely you are to think it is morally the right thing to do.”

Read more at … http://www.psmag.com/nature-and-technology/morals-can-be-manipulated