No one is perfect. Certainly I am not. When it comes to answering the question of “what are my weaknesses?” I confess that it is a difficult question for me to answer.
A little background: as a project manager, I had a team of both government employees and support contractors executing a multi-million dollars contract. With 30 plus years of experiences, the technical side of the job such as scheduling, planning, technical review, etc. was my strengths.
But for weaknesses, I got a little tongue tied. Sure I had my blind spots. What I could gather from a feedback survey indicated that I: 1) cared too much about others’ feeling, 2) was not politically correct, and 3) was not observant about politics. Allow me to elaborate.
Cared too much about how others feel – it seemed I didn’t prescribe to the efficiency model of managing people. I tended to take my time with my team members (maybe too much time?) and allowed as much space as I could for them to operate.
Not politically correct – I wore my opinions on my sleeve. In other words, I didn’t hide what’s on my mind. If I had a reservation about something, it would clearly show like an open book. This could be a detriment in circumstances that involved political correctness.
Not observant about politics – organizational politics was not my favorite. I believed in merit promotion. And I found it difficult justifying political decisions, particularly the ones that I disagreed.
Not trying to paint lipstick on a pig. But are there better ways to articulate these weaknesses?