I’ve written about both these subjects before but not together. Vulnerability is a key aspect of being an authentic leader and allowing your colleagues and teams to see the real you.
It may feel uncomfortable if you are in a position where you feel you need to know all the answers or are newly promoted into a position – but let’s face it – how realistic is it to know everything about everything? I always liked to employ people who I figured were smarter than me in some way, or know more about a certain subject than I did. Leave the ego at the front door!
So how does being vulnerable as a leader help:
- Better team and colleague dynamics as you learn to listen and embrace other views
- Finding new solutions to problems
- Less stress and pressure for you as you try and figure out everything on your own
- Correct ‘wrong’ decisions
- Improved communications with teams, peers and superiors
- Paves the way to investigate new resources for achieving a task
And by releasing some pressure on yourself to be right all the time – I think you will find your personal happiness increases.
Some of the ways you can do this is by admitting when you are wrong, sharing some personal stories/information about yourself, admit your weak points to yourself – and maybe to others – in moderation, and be open with how you feel in a certain situation – in a professionally appropriate way.
None of us are ‘perfect’ all the time so let’s ease up on ourselves as leaders and be open to ‘fessing up we don’t know all the answers, all of the time!