The Quality That Leaders Thought They Should Not Have but Should Have

Leaders with this quality create a collaborative workforce.

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With all the eyes looking up to them, there’s always constant pressure among leaders to be great at all times. Those around them often forget that leaders are also human beings that are capable to make mistakes. The worst part is when leaders forget this too, and start acting like they have all the solutions to problems.

In a blog from Inc, author Heather Huhman claims that this behavior breeds competition in the team instead of collaboration. Backed with research, she forwards that leading by being vulnerable is a great way to run an organization. It is through reaching out and asking for help that leaders create a workforce that is collaborative and unafraid to share ideas. This leads the team closer to the fulfillment of its goals.

Nonetheless, it is not always easy to remember that it is necessary to be vulnerable. These two classic Ted Talk videos of renowned social worker, researcher, storyteller Brené Brown entitled the power of vulnerability and listening to shame leave two key valuable lessons about vulnerability that will help everyone, especially leaders, accept and remember that vulnerability is essential not only in the workplace but in life as a whole:

Vulnerability is not synonymous with weakness. Vulnerability is all about letting yourself be truly seen, with all your imperfections and flaws. In Dr. Brown’s words, it is exposure, uncertainty, and an emotional risk, which makes it the most accurate measurement of courage. Applying this in the workplace, in coming up to the team and admitting that you’re having a difficult time, you give others the opportunity to step up. All of a sudden, everyone begins throwing ideas, increasing the possibility of finally finding a solution.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. Shame keeps people from being vulnerable. It’s that voice that tells them that they are not good enough. It’s the reason why they are afraid to put themselves out there. Brown forwards the need to quiet this voice because that’s the only time that they can be willing to do something without guarantee, a condition that enables innovative and creative ideas to happen. She also mentioned this inspirational quote from Theodore Roosevelt to encourage vulnerability:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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