Vulnerable Leaders

The 'Future of Work' Needs Vulnerable Leaders

Whether we like it or not, the world is changing at a pace never before seen, and the Future of Work is now.

We may not be able to predict how this shift will impact jobs, industries, and markets, but there's one thing we know for sure: there will be a lot of change!

So, what does this change mean for leaders? It means there will be times when they face uncertainty and may feel completely lost. How leaders show up in these critical moments is vital.

Leaders who demonstrate vulnerability will stand out for cultivating psychologically safe environments, as the people around them feel more comfortable being authentic, sharing their thoughts and taking risks without fear of reprisal.

This article will discuss vulnerability, what it is, why it is essential for leaders, and how to be authentically vulnerable.


What is vulnerability, and why is it important?

Before we explain vulnerability, let's be clear about what it is not. Vulnerability is not about sharing sob stories, crying your heart out or sharing every single detail of your personal life. It is the authentic expression of your fears and limitations within professional boundaries.


How should a leader demonstrate vulnerability?

Demonstrating vulnerability can help a leader build trust, connect with people, and cultivate a psychologically safe work environment. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Admit Mistakes: Demonstrate courage and humility by acknowledging mistakes and taking responsibility for them. It shows others that it is okay to make mistakes and that mistakes are part of learning.

Admit Uncertainty: Be honest when you're uncertain. Let others know you are working on gaining some clarity and could do with their help. It shows others that it is okay to ask for help.

Elicit Feedback: Seek feedback regularly. Listen to what is said and unsaid, and ask questions to gain deeper insight. It helps to cultivate open and candid dialogue.

Express Emotions: Show that you are human and let others know your feelings. Sharing your emotions sends a message to others that it is okay to be open about how you feel.

Share Personal Development: Let others know where you are trying to develop and why it is meaningful. Sharing your personal development sets a positive example for your team to embrace.

Share Experiences: Be open and transparent about your personal experiences. Share your good and not-so-good experiences and what you've learned. It helps to make you relatable!


In Conclusion

Being vulnerable can be challenging as it requires you to open up to potential criticism or rejection. It is, however, an undeniable strength, as it sets the tone for how others show up.

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