7 Reasons Being Vulnerable Makes Better Leaders

By Harvey Deutschendorf

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“You have to be honest and authentic and not hide. I think the leader today has to demonstrate both transparency and vulnerability, and with that comes truthfulness and humility.” ~ Howard Schultz ~

Although this is changing, there are still leaders today who are afraid to let their guard down, share their feelings and admit that they don’t have all the answers. The pace of change is accelerating so quickly, that it is impossible for one person at the top to have all the answers. Leaders need to rely upon the people around them for knowledge, answers to difficult problems and support. The only way to survive and thrive in today’s workforce is to have all hands on deck. Old myths, misconceptions and fears die hard. One of those myths is that vulnerability is a sign of weakness and that a leader who shows vulnerability will lose the respect of his colleagues. Nothing could be further from the truth as it has been shown that leaders who can be vulnerable create healthier, more effective workplaces.

“Vulnerability is the best measure of courage” ~ Brené Brown

Being vulnerable and showing oneself to others is actually a sign of courage and self-confidence in a leader. This doesn’t mean that they just let it all hang out, spilling out their emotions whenever they feel like it. Successful leaders know when the time and place is right to show their real and authentic selves.

Here are 7 reasons that vulnerability is an attribute in leaders:

Decreases Tension and Stress at Work

Have you ever worked somewhere with an elephant in the room, and nobody was talking about it? Avoiding and tiptoeing around secrets at work can be very stressful. Everyone’s blood pressure rises trying to figure out ways of avoiding uncomfortable topics when they come up. Stress could be decreased considerably by acknowledging uncomfortable topics and allowing people to talk about them. If everyone sees that their leaders are able to bring up unpopular areas for discussion, they will feel freer and less stressed to talk about them as well.

Increases Flow of Ideas, Creativity, and Innovation

By acknowledging that they don’t have all the answers, leaders give freedom for all staff to have input and have their feedback and ideas considered. By admitting their mistakes, managers give their staff more room to contribute their feedback and ideas to the organization. Leaders who acknowledge they made poor decisions and are still able forgive themselves, through their example, let those under them know that it is okay to take risks and try something new and untried. This leads to more ideas coming forth at all levels, creating a more dynamic, competitive organization

Better Communication Flow

A leader of an organization sets the tone for what is acceptable and not acceptable to talk about. If able to be open and share information honestly and authentically, a leader sends a strong message that this is not only acceptable throughout the organization, but it is the norm. Team members will feel that it is okay Go to the full article.

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