A Good Leader Knows Their Strengths and Weaknesses

Leadership is one of four key pillars taught in our Elemental Edge Training for team building and success. Underneath good leadership, a team will thrive. Being a good leader is about more than guiding your team to victory, however. It’s about understanding the strengths and weaknesses of every person under your command. More than that, it’s about understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. Without self-awareness and humility, a leader cannot give their best or enable their teammates to do the same.

A leader with good foresight will guide their followers in such a way that everyone’s strengths come together.

There’s no room for ego on a team because that will only get in the way of accomplishing the goal. If a person is more focused on proving they are the best, they lose focus on what really matters.

The same is true when a person is training for a solo event such as a triathlon. You can’t win if you’re focused on winning. Instead, you have to focus on what is directly in front of you. What are your strengths and weaknesses, and what do you need to give yourself a competitive edge? You have to be able to admit where you need improvement. That’s where self-awareness and humility really matter. You can’t improve if you can’t recognize when another is better than you and use that to see how they got there. Without humility, you’ll never be able to hold yourself accountable for your own mistakes.

Accountability is another pillar in our training. It is an essential component to leadership for this very reason.

Performance begins in the mind.

You have to take ownership of your thoughts to change your actions. Accountability means taking ownership and dropping excuses. If you’re struggling with understanding where you need improvement, we can help. Our training techniques are tough and demanding, but it is exactly those kinds of circumstances that bring a person’s strengths and weaknesses to the surface. There is no shame in having a weakness, only in failing to address it. Once you know where you break and where you bend, you’ll be better able to understand what changes will take you from good to amazing.

You may not be able to completely eliminate your weak points. Everyone has natural strengths and weaknesses. However, you can learn how to leverage your strengths against those weaknesses. That’s how a team functions at their best. Instead of tearing each other down over ego, they come together in respect and learn how to overcome what makes them weak using what makes them strong.

Even if you’re training for a solo event, you’re not alone. You have the support of your trainers, family, and friends. This is your team, listen to them. Your trainers will give you an honest evaluation of where you are thriving and where you need work. Your family and friends offer a different kind of encouragement and support that is equally valuable. Deliver your best, and you’ll make them proud.

Really look at that statement. It doesn’t say win, and you’ll make them proud. It says to deliver your best. You could cross the finish line dead last and still win if you know you gave it everything you have. Let us be a part of your team, and we’ll make sure you do just that. Contact us today to reserve your spot in our one-day open water swim clinic and we’ll evaluate your swim and show you how to improve every aspect of your technique. Slots are limited, so you don’t have time to procrastinate.


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About Elemental Edge Training

Founded by former Navy SEAL Bill Atkinson, Elemental Edge Training offers highly organized, fast-paced half, full and three day workshops that enhance your ability to lead, follow, communicate and participate as an individual and on a team. Lectures, discussions and practicals, and a rapid fire “Plan-brief-execute-debrief” format hammer home why you’re here and what you must change to improve your personal and professional life. We also teach you a Navy SEAL mindset approach that’s a game changer for you and your team and includes direct and immediate feedback, along with “report card” to take home round out the experience, give pause for reflection, and inspire further change.