This post is part of our Weekly Tips series.

Leading with trust and being masterful with the “soft skills” takes something, both organizationally and personally. It starts with getting honest (and accurate) about your limitations.

Having weaknesses (individual or organizational) doesn’t hurt your ability to improve your relationships (in fact, at The Get Real Project we implore you to be human in our manifesto). The problem is being unaware of those weaknesses, or misjudging them. Discovering the truth about yourself is like taking off blinders that that have been blocking your peripheral vision—unbeknownst to you.

When you see the opportunities you’ve been missing, you can seize them. When you know what there is to work on, you can acknowledge it and get to work.

Bonus: Making it Real

This week, look inward.

There are myriad tools to help you profile yourself. Use them. Discover your values, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses. Get familiar with your inner voice—a critical guidepost for decision-making. Choose one of the following options:

  • Articulate your personal values.
  • Discover your Trust Quotient.
  • Delve into your working style and personality preferences.
  • Use a journal to record your feelings.
  • Set regular time aside for reflection or meditation.

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Andrea Howe

As the founder of The Get Real Project, I am the steward of our vision and our service offerings, as well as a workshop leader and keynote speaker. Above all else, I am an entrepreneur on a mission: to kick conventional business wisdom to the curb and transform how people work together as a result. I am also the co-author, with Charles H. Green, of The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook (Wiley, 2012).