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Most of the time we imagine leaders as strong, not vulnerable. Find out how vulnerability will build trust with your team and make you a better leader in the long-run.

Key Points:

  • The most important words a leader can say are: “I screwed that up.” (Or something along those lines – it’s the thought that counts!)
  • Trust is built through an exchange of vulnerability. Leaders can build trust with their employees and co-workers by taking initiative in trust-building – which means taking initiative in vulnerability.
  • Vulnerablility isn’t weakness, but the strength to show others that you as a leader and a person are fallible. Sharing vulnerability is a tough skill to master, but done right, it will empower team cohesion.

Quote This:

Face failure head-on, don’t be afraid of it, and people will support and welcome you even more. -Richard Branson

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Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. Think of some great leaders you’ve known or heard of. How do you think they stacked-up when it came to vulnerability? Explain.
  3. Why is it difficult to show vulnerability to those who work or serve under you?
  4. Why is the phrase “I screwed that up” the most important words a leader can say?
  5. How can you and your organization practice vulnerability to ultimately build trust?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.