Monday, May 25, 2015

The Paradoxes in Our Lives - To Be Strong, Be Vulnerable

To be strong (even a strong leader), learn to be vulnerable.

To have followers locked into you, show them some cracks, some chink in the armour. If you are glossy and perfect, they have nothing to do, no one to save or rescue. They feel useless.

To give them some meaning at their work, make them bigger than they are, show them they have  a great part to play. Allow them to engage with their work, out of choice.

To create that choice, give them something to hold on to. A vulnerability is a great way to do it.

You may or may not have the vulnerability. But by appearing vulnerable and seeking their participation and cooperation, you appeal to their deep instincts of being acknowledged, of being useful. By seeking their help you are saying that it is not possible without them and you value their contribution.

To lead well, it is important to show your vulnerabilities - it encourages the team to step up and help you.  

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