In today’s hypersensitive world filled with social media and instant communication, leaders are acutely aware of the public’s perception of their image. Employees and investors alike are looking for more authentic leaders. One of the boldest and brightest things a leader can do is embrace and share their vulnerability with the organization and the business world. Here are some benefits of adopting an authentic and vulnerable stance as a leader.
A Deeper Connection with Your Staff
Being vulnerable will help a leader’s team see them as a human being. Having the courage to be imperfect in front of them will build trust. Leaders who can honestly say, ‘I make mistakes, and that is perfectly okay,’ empower their teams to share and be less stressed about being perfect. An amazing thing happens because this usually prompts the group to share advice and become more horizontal and less vertical. Realizing it is okay to make mistakes and owning them improves the accountability of the team and trust that the leader of the organization will support them. This yields even more positive and constructive behavior.
A Culture of Innovation and Progressive Learning
The actions of a leader can create unspoken rules of what should and should not be done in the workplace. Innovation is often seen as an iterative process, and many of the most significant discoveries were made after great failures. Leaders who are not afraid of sharing their mistakes and the lessons learned from them, create a culture of innovation within their organization. One of the biggest stumbling blocks of any team is being afraid to make a mistake. This can cause innovation paralysis and a tendency to do what has always been done because it is proven.
Create a Sense of Shared Ownership
Good ideas can come from anyone. The best organizations and leaders recognize this and encourage employees from all levels to contribute to the business. When team members understand that their own input and leadership is valued, a sense of shared ownership will develop. Leaders who loosen the reins of control and allow ideas to flow, fully engaged team members that are more likely to be successful.