You’ve heard the advice to build on your strengths. Great performance and careers are made that way. But what about weaknesses? I’ll go with Peter Drucker’s advice: most of the time you should make them irrelevant.
Make weaknesses irrelevant by learning to do them “well enough.”
Make them irrelevant by outsourcing them, having someone else do them.
For yourself and your team, build on your strengths and make your weaknesses irrelevant.
The exception to this is when a team member needs to improve on a weakness to achieve a goal. Often that happens because of what they want for the next job. Sometimes they just want to get better. If either of those is the case, help them develop the skills needed.
This is only one of 347 tips in my ebook, Become a Better Boss One Tip at a Time.
Just promoted from individual contributor? Check out my ebook, Now You’re the Boss: Making the Most of the Most Important Transition in Business.