The very best leadership tool available to you today is not your MBA or your title. It is not Charisma. It is not your ability to communicate (although I would put that very high on the list). It is a key element of Emotional Intelligence… the ability to get incredibly comfortable being vulnerable.
It is a psychological requirement that leaders must develop.
Thankfully, gone are the days when leadership was about ‘Command and Control’ where leaders told everyone what to do, when to do it and never, ever, challenge my thinking. “And, oh yah, I never make mistakes and I am never wrong.”
I have seen more than my share of geniuses when it came to IQ, run the culture and the business into the ground. Conversely, I have work with brilliant, high EQ leaders that have amongst the highest levels of employee engagement and customer satisfaction.
The difference… great leaders are comfortable giving a constant stream of vulnerability. Being comfortable with vulnerability achieves almost more than you can count. For example, it:
So how do you start your own ‘Vulnerability Practice’? It is easier than you might think. Start with:
Steve Jobs used to start conversations by saying: “This might be a stupid idea…”
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, #1 Best Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker, and TEC Top Speaker of the Year for 2018. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, connect with Robert on LinkedIn.
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