[October 17, 2020] Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, once said that “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” I was counter by saying that “leadership” is knowing which ones to keep. Today’s article is about common weaknesses that we find in all people.
In the study of human error, it is incumbent upon all of us to acknowledge that mistakes will be made but, more importantly, it is ultimately our response to those mistakes is what counts.
A few days ago, I wrote about 20 Common Leader Weaknesses. Several readers pointed out that I’d been somewhat remiss in overlooking other common weaknesses, most of which are classic human weaknesses. Here are another 20 common leader weaknesses:
- Going nowhere, no plan, or method to get somewhere
- Lying or slanting/shaving the truth
- Avoiding problems or difficult work
- Grandiose behavior
- Undisciplined behavior
- Nihilistic thinking
- Victim mentality
- Taking a quick way out or taking shortcuts
- Pursuing impulsive pleasures
- Sacrificing the meaning for expediency
- Not taking care of responsibilities
- Fighting stupidly with relatives
- Blaming others for your problems and faults
- Bitterness at work and home
- Not thinking through tomorrow
- Drinking alcohol and illegal drug use too much
- Not regulating one’s life
This is a powerful list. It goes to the heart of being human and identifies our inclinations, desires, and wants. Overcoming these weaknesses is difficult. We will fail. But the struggle is a human one that goes back to the beginning of our time on Earth. This list will never change. It is as enduring as the world itself.
Our job is to get beyond these weaknesses and do what we can every day to make ourselves better and help others – chiefly for those who honestly want to overcome their weaknesses.
NOTE: I recommend reading about the seven deadly sins, also known as cardinal sins. It also gives insight into what I’m discussing here today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_deadly_sins