Being focused on strengths when developing others means that you clearly understand what they do well and that you create assignments that play to those abilities. It does not mean that you ignore their weaknesses or blind spots.
When hiring or inheriting new team members, it’s important to discuss their strengths, development areas, and blind spots during the interview process. However, it’s also important to ask questions like these in order to uncover their capabilities and determine what it will take for them to become star performers:
• Which of your skills do you most enjoy using?
• How do you imagine you will add value to our team?
• What types of assignments would ...