Today, we believe that showing vulnerability = weakness. At least, that’s when we believe mainstream media, or when we watch too many comic book movies.
When you dig a level deeper you’ll discover that showing vulnerability actually does something more profound.
You might have been lucky enough to have had a leader, that was able to show their vulnerability. It might be they said, “I don’t know, what do you think?”. It might be they actually asked for your help, or perhaps they shared their personal story of adversity.
The 7 words, “I don’t know, what do you think?”… are probably one of most powerful words that you as a leader can have in your arsenal.
Consciously you might not have picked up on it, but the vulnerability they shared, wasn’t meant to but them in the spotlight.
It was meant for you. It was meant to open you up. To connect. It was meant for you to join the game of connection.
Why is showing vulnerability so powerful?
- It shows you are open to put other people first
- It shows you are willing to admit you don’t have all the answer
- It shows you trust other people
- It shows you care more about the group than about yourself
Next time when you are in a situation that you don’t know the answer. Admit it to yourself. Then share it with others.
Showing vulnerability is an invitation to play, to build mighty things, and to create meaningful relationships with one another.
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