Activate Your Talent is passionate about helping people understand and use their natural strengths to become more effective, authentic leaders. We have been reading a lot of great articles and books on the topic and shared some of our favorite quotes via Twitter. Here, we share all 15 quotes in one easy-to-read location.

The question we consider is, “Should leaders focus on developing their strengths? Or, are they better served to focus on their weaknesses?” These 15 quotes provide some great responses, and we’ll invite you at the end to get involved by sharing your thoughts.

15 Quotes (with links to find out more about the authors)

  1. “Choose the path to an authentic, passionate life by choosing to focus most of your energy on strengthening your strengths.” –Barrie Davenport
  2. “What made leaders great was the presence of strengths and not the absence of weaknesses.” –Joseph Folkman
  3. “We all have things we are inherently good at, things we seem to pick up easier than other activities. Yet most go through life without truly realizing what they excel at.” –James Saward-Anderson
  4. “Focusing on your strengths and positives only works if it’s true.” –Steve Tobak
  1. “Individuals must get better at what they are good at and enjoy doing. Only then will a team work at its optimal capacity and have long-term sustainable growth.” –Vahick Yedgarian(Forbes article Vahick is quoted in)
  2. “What leaders have in common is that each really knows their strengths, has developed their strengths, and can call on the right strength at the right time.” –Don Clifton
  3. “People aren’t machines, and trying to fix them as if they were simply doesn’t work.” –Brian Brim and Jim Asplund
  4. “One could become mediocre when he/she focus on weakness, but focusing on strengths only can take people to excellence.” –Sivakumar Palaniappan
  5. “Wasting energy on trying to overcome one’s weaknesses leads people into attempting to become someone they are inherently not ever going to be!” –James Saward-Anderson
  6. “When you work on strengthening your strengths, you no longer feel like you’re paddling upstream. Everything is easier and more natural.” –Barrie Davenport
  7. “Employees with managers who focus on their strengths understand that they are unique, an important part of something greater than themselves, not just a cog in the wheel.” –Brian Brim and Jim Asplund
  8. “Successful people play to their strengths, they focus on tasks where they can make a positive difference.” –James Saward-Anderson
  9. “Your weaknesses will never develop, while your strengths will develop infinitely.” –Don Clifton
  10. “It is our strengths that set us apart and makes us distinctive as leaders.” –Joseph Folkman
  11. “Focusing on strengths is the surest way to greater job satisfaction, team performance and organizational excellence.” –Marcus Buckingham

So, what do you think?

Should leaders invest their time primarily on developing their strengths (and those of their employees), or should they focus on developing their weaknesses?