We too often emphasize weaknesses, while overlooking positive traits – be it professionally or personally. This bias toward focusing on the negative can adversely affect performance, yet it has become so ingrained that we
- See it as a foregone conclusion, and also
- Never stop to consider how backward this type of thinking actually is
From a leadership standpoint, the issue here is not negativity. It’s the sub-optimized performance that the negative bias creates.
I recently wrote an article for The Smart Manager discussing how to avoid this trap and instead nurture inherent strengths. You can read it online by clicking here or check out the hard copy version of the magazine by clicking here.