Every time (and I mean every time) someone (including myself) is asked to list a flaw, it’s always workaholism. No one ever says, I’m not very detail oriented, or I can’t multitask. or I’ve lost interest in my career. It’s always I worked too hard and spend too many hours in the office.
My favorite non-flaw flaws are “I care too much” and “I’m too impatient about making change happen”. Yeesh.
I do, however, think that Tom missed the broader point. It is the leader who should be open and vulnerable about a real personal or business challenge. When he/she doesn’t do so, that’s when the behavior Tom describes is most likely to happen. I hope I’ve done that with my team (see my post here on “Improving Trust”).