This week’s post comes from Scott Peterson.
One of the best ways for a leader to engage people and create an environment that people want to follow them is simple — be vulnerable.
By being vulnerable, you are letting people know your mistakes, your weaknesses, your flaws, and your fears. This makes you real to them. They can relate to you more and connect to you better. It also models trust. You trust them enough to share information that could hurt you.
By being real (being vulnerable), you are also creating a standard for your team. They need to be real with you and the rest of the team. If a team knows everyone’s weaknesses and fears, they will be stronger and more productive/effective. If a team knows everyone’s mistakes, they can help with the recovery and learn from other mistakes.
This is common sense, but it is not common practice. Believe me, it is hard. When I feel myself getting tense and uncomfortable, I know it is an indication that I really want to hold back (e.g. my fears, mistakes, flaws and weaknesses). This is a daily struggle, and some days are worse than others.
So, this blog might feel like a bait and switch. Well, yes and no. If you watch this video (which is one of Mr. YouTube’s favorites). You will fully understand how by not hiding your mistakes/flaws, but embracing them — you can build a reputation of AWESOMENESS!!!
Continue leading the Interstates way!