The danger behind your strengths

A strength is a strength, right?


Well, taken to extremes, the strengths you’re proud of and have honed for years can actually become detrimental to you and the people around you. Certain aspects, when taken too far, can be more harmful weaknesses to you than you might realise.

These three strengths are most often the ones that are taken to harmful lengths.

  1. Detail-oriented

This is a good trait. Being able to see to the details is important, and it’s not something that everyone can do. If you’re detail-oriented, you probably have a plethora of lists, on your phone, on your desk or on your fridge. Lists help you to get everything done, in the most efficient way possible. You’re good at following directions and would not deviate from those. Here are the drawbacks you need to be aware of:
Unable to bring others on board: Delegating can be a big challenge when details are your speciality. You have to be able to give up some control and bring others on board with what you’re doing.
Unable to see the big picture: this can reveal itself in a variety of ways. Focusing only on your own job can make you miss the big picture of the whole company. It’s easy to develop a narrow focus when you’re too detail-oriented because it keeps you from seeing the grander scheme of things.

  1. Visionary

This is the opposite end of the spectrum from the detail-oriented person. You’re are able to come up with ideas and you see the bigger picture. You’re able to think through solutions to your company’s problems, campaigns that will hit it big, and the next big go-to product. Thinking in a big picture way and generating ideas is not something every person can do. But it’s not all roses.
Unable to take the steps necessary: You can clearly see what the end results will be, but you might not be able to figure out how to get through the middle. You can get so wrapped up in what it should be, that you miss small things that will help you succeed.
Unable to communicate the idea: Ironically, just like detail-orientated individuals, you are then unable to bring people on board but for different reasons. As someone who can come up with ideas, you need to be able to communicate those effectively, but the problem often with visionary thinkers is that the team might not fully understand how to execute the idea. Make sure to allow time and provide all the necessary information so that your team clearly understand your vision.

Good Work Ethic

Excelling at what you do, that’s something to be proud of. If you’ve got a good work ethic, you get the job done, and done well. No one follows up after you to make sure everything is taken care of. When you have this strength, you are dedicated to quality, so others can count on your work. However, that dedication can be taken too far. When perfectionism becomes the goal, everyone around you suffers.
Unable to finish: A perfectionist becomes paralyzed by the urge to perfect and so they aren’t able to finish their tasks. Their excuses will sound like, “It’s just not ready,” or “I need time to make sure it’s perfect”. This paralysis quickly negates the perfectionist’s work, because it never reaches the delivery stage.
Unable to accept lesser results: Perfectionism is a quick team-killer. If you’re a perfectionist, then you have the tendency to push yourself and those around you to unreasonable levels of production. Your teammates can’t—and won’t—take this, and you’ll quickly find yourself with a bunch of stressed colleagues. They might even start finding you annoying for being Mr. Perfect. Keep in mind, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses so respect theirs and they will respect yours.
Our final tip: know your strengths and hone them to be the best they can be. But be aware that your strengths can quickly turn to weaknesses if not checked. Avoid the pitfalls of these three, and let those qualities be just what they are: strengths
At Panda, we strive to be the best at what we do, and we care about improving our work on a daily basis. Reflecting upon our strengths and areas that still need improvements is therefore essential. If you are not sure about what are your strengths, you can always get in touch us. We do psychometric tests prior to finding you a job to have a clear overview of your skills sets.
Get in touch at:
📞+31 (0)20 20 44 502

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