If you are the typical high-performing leader, you want and need a strong handle on your greatest capabilities and challenges so you can capitalize on your strengths and shore up areas of weakness. If this is you, or if you want this to be you, read on.

Let’s do an exercise. The mark of a top leader is their ability to clearly articulate their greatest strengths and weaknesses. List your top 4–7 strengths right now. What’s your #1 strength? #2. Keep going. You might find it pretty easy to get to #7.

OK. Now for the hard part. What is your top area of weakness? What’s another one? Keep going. How many can you get? Can you get up to 7 again?

We have found the best leaders can clearly articulate their top areas of strength and weakness. What this means is they don’t have blind spots. How did you do?

Diving Deeper

Download “Eliminate Executive Blind Spots” if you haven’t yet, then go to Exercise 1. Enter your strengths and weaknesses in rank order. What is the #1 weakness that you have as an executive?

Looking at yourself is not easy, but that which does not kill one makes one stronger. A mark of a top executive is their desire and willingness to be self-critical. Look at your strengths. Look at your weaknesses. Have a balanced, realistic approach to your executive skill set. It will make you that much better.

Coaching Questions

Were you able to quickly articulate your strengths? Was it more difficult to identify weaknesses? As a result of this coaching, what actions are you going to take?