Summary of Fear Your Strengths
What You Are Best at Could Be Your Biggest Problem
Your greatest strengths can be your greatest weaknesses. Don’t overplay them.
Most leadership books focus either on eliminating weaknesses or improving strengths. Leadership development experts Robert E. Kaplan and Robert B. Kaiser take a different approach. They teach leaders how to “dial back” their strengths so they don’t inadvertently sabotage their effectiveness. The authors’ research shows that overplaying strengths is a common leadership problem. Consider the talented, brilliant, articulate boss whose strong presence intimidates and overwhelms everyone in the room – so no one ever offers alternative ideas. With no objective sounding board, such a boss can endanger an organization by exercising his or her unfiltered, unfettered plans, as Jeffrey Skilling did at Enron. This eloquent, evocative book, which includes many compelling references and quotations, captures the corrupting nature of leaders overplaying a strength. getAbstract recommends this novel approach to aspiring leaders, students of leadership, and to thoughtful leaders with the foresight and courage to control their strengths and refocus their abilities.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why many leaders overdo their strengths,
- How this can undermine their effectiveness and
- How to “modulate” your strengths to avoid self-sabotage.
About the Authors
Robert B. Kaiser is president of Kaiser Leadership Solutions, a provider of assessment tools. Robert E. Kaplan is president of Kaplan DeVries Inc., a company that specializes in assessing leaders.
Comment on this summary
3 years agoI took the Strength Finder 2.0 assessment and found it very enlightening... It felt like I finally figured out my "super powers". This book is a very good supplement to it.
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