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  • Writer's pictureHermione Gardiner

A Leader doesn’t have to know it all

What comes to mind when you think of a leader?

Someone strong and stoic? Never wrong? Untouchable?

As a leader, it’s natural to feel like you need to have all the answers and present a perfect, polished image of yourself.

However, the truth is that showing vulnerability and being open about your flaws and weaknesses can actually make you a more effective leader.

The power of vulnerability lies in its ability to build trust and create stronger connections with your team.

When you’re vulnerable, you show your human side and invite others to do the same.

This helps to break down barriers and creates a safe environment for your team to share their own challenges and struggles.

Most of the time you’re still learning as a leader anyway and that is okay!

So, how can you start showing vulnerability in your leadership?

Here are some tips:

1. Share your failures and mistakes: Admitting to your own failures and mistakes can be difficult, but it shows that you’re willing to take responsibility and learn from them. This can inspire your team to do the same and create a culture of learning and growth.

2. Ask for feedback: Asking for feedback from your team shows that you value their input and are willing to improve. It also creates an opportunity for your team to provide constructive criticism and help you become a better leader.

3. Be open about your emotions: It’s okay to be human and show your emotions. Being open about how you’re feeling can help your team understand where you’re coming from and build empathy.

4. Admit when you don’t know something: It’s impossible to know everything, and admitting when you don’t know something can actually make you appear more trustworthy. It shows that you’re willing to learn and seek out answers.

5. Encourage open communication: Create an environment where your team feels comfortable sharing their own vulnerabilities and struggles. This can lead to deeper connections and a more engaged and motivated team.

By embracing more vulnerability in your leadership, you can create a more positive and productive work environment.

Remember, it’s okay to show your human side and admit to your weaknesses - it can actually make you a stronger leader and help you to continually improve each day.

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