In a recent Inc. magazine article I read, its author Marcel Schwantes talked about the value of being vulnerable. Sound scary? I thought so, initially, but what the author talked about was the benefits of being vulnerable with your Team, for example.
What are the primary benefits? First, Dr. Rene Brown calls vulnerability “the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” She explained that this is necessary for leaders to connect with & inspire others, e.g., employees.
We often think of vulnerability as a sign of weakness. However, Brown states that vulnerability is one of the most accurate measures of courage: “I cannot find a single incident of courage that is not completely underpinned by vulnerability… Think about the last time you saw someone do something that was brave, and I guarantee you vulnerability will be there.”
It is also about building trust, for example with your key employees. In other words, it is okay to let them know that you do not have all the answers. In fact, it’s very healthy, and will likely lead them to step up and assist you. It also lets them know that you are only human…
I hope you find this discussion helpful. Being vulnerable can often be sign of maturity and a solid leadership skill!
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