Why knowing your weaknesses can be a strength

weaknessWe all have unique qualities and attributes as individuals. Some of these traits may be manifested as a singular strength while others regrettably may be personal weaknesses. Differentiating between the two isn’t as presumable as we would hope, especially as we transition between different roles and challenges within our career. Change often places us out of our comfort zone as we may find ourselves faced with unique tasks, offbeat colleagues, and contrasting company cultures. However understanding what we bring to the table consistently, and where are weaknesses lie can help us as individuals leverage our personal resources to amplify our abilities and to avoid pitfalls we may have previously experienced or want to avoid altogether.  

One of the dirty dozen interviewing questions asked of job applicants is “What are your greatest weaknesses?”  This often stumps potential candidates as the inclination is not to focus on these areas. Depending on how the applicant answers is a telltale sign for recruiters in what experience the individual has and if they know how to counterbalance the trait.  Not identifying these vulnerabilities is destructive to personal growth while knowing your weaknesses can be a strength.  We do not want our shortcomings to be a black hole in our own success. Just as in space, if we know where these voids are and can avoid the gravitational pull, we can navigate successfully around the galaxy, despite our direction at any particular time.

In discovery, we must sincerely seek and accept our weaknesses. We must solicit feedback and genuinely listen to altruistic observations. We then may choose to cultivate that weakness or circumvent situations in which these personal characteristics may arise.  Either way it is the knowledge and awareness that is essential to equalize the liability. In doing so, we can then underscore our strengths and leverage these favorable qualities to our advantage.

What are your greatest weaknesses?

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