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TianHua
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PostSubject: Fix fatal flaws   10th January 2009, 10:42

Magnifying strengths to the fullest has been one of the main messages so far. In the process, we may have implied that weaknesses should never be the focus of a personal development plan. However, in many cases, focusing on weaknesses is absolutely what needs to be done.

As we have already observed, people challenged to improve their leadership effectiveness have an amazingly similar plan for improvement.
  1. Assess areas of strength and weakness. Since being really good or even moderately good at something means you don't have to worry about it - immediately scrutinize your low scores.
  2. Decide which weakness is most significant~ usually because it has the lowest score.
  3. Develop a plan of action to address the weakness.

In fact, in some cases, working on a weakness is the best approach to improving. If a fatal flaw is not corrected, it will act as a drag on the overall perception of leadership effectiveness. We believe that even one extremely low score will produce a negative halo effect.

Frederick was the director of research for an international pharmaceutical company. A brilliant chemist, he towered over others in his grasp of the technical aspects of the research process. But his personal manner was curt and abrupt. He cut people off in meetings. He rejected suggestions or ideas for procedures that were not his own. The other department heads felt that he failed to listen to their input. After extensive feedback, Frederick began to change the way he treated others. Making changes in this one specific arena caused his overall ratings to escalate. Conclusion: if you have a fatal flaw? fix it.

An analysis of our data reveals five patterns of behavior that consistently lead to a failure in leadership. Possessing one or more of these virtually makes it impossible for a person to be perceived as an effective leader:

  1. Inability to learn from mistakes
  2. Lack of relationship building skills
  3. Lack of openness to new ideas
  4. Lack of accountability
  5. Lack of initiative

The next five lessons examine each of these fatal flaws and what must be done to fix them.

To combat fatal flaws:

Reflect on your experience: What have you learned from past events? Specifically, what did you learn from things that did not go well? What would you have done differently? What will prevent the same thing from happening again?

Assess whether you have any fatal flaws: Get feedback. Participate in a developmental survey to get a good overview of any weaknesses. Are any of your low scores on our list?

Make a specific plan: After reading the following five lessons, you will have a better idea of exactly how to remedy fatal flaws.
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