What is Gallup's position on strengths and weaknesses?

Without a great deal of hard work, talent alone is never enough. Without natural talent, a lot of hard work will yield little return. Therefore, when considering where to invest one's time, energy, and attention, Gallup research indicates that the best place to start is in an area of strength. Yet by no means does any of our research suggest that people should ignore their weaknesses. To do so, especially in the workplace, is reckless.

Unfortunately, our research and scientific findings have been distorted. Some believe that Gallup's approach to individual and organizational development consists solely of focusing on strengths.

All of Gallup's development programs and consulting partnerships focus on helping individuals to build on their strengths and to determine how their weaknesses can best be managed. Our strengths-based consulting has also helped organizations increase productivity, drive performance, and improve areas with underperforming management or leadership. In no part of our business would we advise ignoring areas of weakness. The result would be detrimental to an organization's bottom line - and likely an individual's career.