Become A Better Leader By Thinking Like Swiss Cheese

Become A Better Leader By Thinking Like Swiss Cheese
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Leadership is as much about knowing your weaknesses as it is about knowing your strengths. By knowing where your weak spots are and how to fill those gaps, you can truly become an effective leader.

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Being a good leader is a great skill to have, but leaders can’t do it alone. You need to be honest with those who follow you, but more importantly, you need to be honest with yourself. Richard J. Avdoian, the President and CEO of the Midwest Business Institue, likens the right mindset to being like a slice of Swiss cheese:

Be candid with yourself and acknowledge what you know and don’t know. Select supportive team members who possess the skills necessary to take the business in the right direction. See yourself as a piece of Swiss cheese — know your holes and add others (slices) whose substance, when layered on your slice, eventually creates a solid, firm unified block of cheese. A single slice of cheese with its many holes can easily be pulled apart, but a solid block is very difficult to pull apart.

What are you good at? What are you bad at? Take the time to be honest with yourself and figure out where you have holes in your slice of cheese. Now ask yourself who can compliment your ability and make it known to them that you need help in those areas. They will feel needed and you’ll be more effective.

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