Becoming a great Leader: Part 1: Be vulnerable

If you’re reading this you know you can be more effective than you are being with your team. In this 3-part blog I’m offering 3 things you can start doing today to become a great leader.

1. Inspire people with your vulnerability.

Your team will respond to your ability to show them that you’re aware of your shortcomings and interested in dealing with them. Share what you see as your weaknesses freely with others and seek their feedback about how to improve. Here are some examples.

“I’ve been noticing I’m not all that good at listening. I imagine that’s been tough for you, and I’d like your help in developing my ability to listen.”

“I’m really struggling with being as responsive to my team as I need to be, and I’d appreciate some guidance from you.”

“I find I become so task-focused sometimes that I don’t have time to make sure you have the support you all need. I’d like to hear from you about what support you think the team needs.”

When we try to be ‘professional’ we too often pretend that we have no weaknesses. This can have the effect of isolating those around us because what we’re really saying is “we don’t admit weakness here”. Good luck achieving high performance if that’s the golden rule!

As Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller and best-selling author, puts it: “Leadership is much more an art, a belief, a condition of the heart, than a set of things to do”.

Contact me to talk more about developing your leadership skills.

By | 2017-05-22T08:43:21+08:00 April 29th, 2015|Categories: Leadership, Resilient Leaders|Tags: , |0 Comments

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