According to Brene’ Brown, “Vulnerability is simply uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure and we all do it. To be alive is to be vulnerable.” But, how does that factor into being an effective leader? Shouldn’t a leader never show weakness or admit when they have fallen short? Actually, it is quite the opposite because it is in vulnerability where true courage lies and where true growth occurs.
Effective leadership is moving people forward, taking risks and making decisions in times of uncertainty with no guarantees that there will be success and the willingness to stare failure directly in the face. This is not an option if you really want to make change, grow and model for your team what real courage looks like.
In order to be an innovative and creative leader leading a team forward is all about uncertainty and risk and being comfortable out of the “comfort zone.” For out of the comfort zone is where real growth, innovation and creativity lives. Get clear on how you respond when you are in THAT zone and in risk and be able to harness that and turn it into a strength.
Vulnerability in leadership is also not about “letting it all hang out.” Leaders without boundaries and admitting things like “I’m scared to death, I’m in over my head and I don’t know what I am doing” is a really inappropriate thing to say to people who are working for you or depending on you to guide them, according to Brene’ Brown. You do need, however, to be able to say that to someone maybe a mentor or a peer group. Know what your boundaries are and what you are discussing with whom.
This all comes down to the value of courage and living that over the value of comfort. You can choose courage or you can choose comfort, but you cannot do both at the same time. This especially applies to entrepreneurs where it is vital to create a culture where discomfort is normal and people understand that if you are uncomfortable then you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. Innovation is uncomfortable, creativity is uncomfortable and challenging what is possible is uncomfortable. This is where true courage lives and great leadership lies.
For Today; Be Real, Go Raw & Be Truthful To Yourself & To Others