While artistic and scientific leaders can build strengths on their own for the most part, interpersonal leaders’ essential ability to interconnect can be built only by doing it. Strengths are made up of innate talents, learned knowledge, and practice-honed skills. Those are mostly individual gifts or activities while interpersonal leadership is … wait for it … interpersonal – which can be developed only by actually leading others. Square the circle by ratcheting up your experience with a current best leadership approach.

If leadership is about inspiring and enabling others to do their absolute best together to realize a meaningful and rewarding shared purpose (which it is,) then you can’t lead without interconnecting with the “others.” The challenge, especially as an executive onboarding into a new leadership role, is how to gain that experience without having that experience.