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The few, the brave, and the innovative: In praise of vulnerable leaders.

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Vulnerable leaders aren’t afraid of the truth, even when it’s dark.

I admire vulnerable leaders. They are open, courageous, willing to tell the truth and to admit mistakes, even when it’s embarrassing.

Leaders with the guts to be vulnerable are role models for how to be human and authentic at work. Their behavior encourages innovation, making it okay for others in the organization to take risks and to think in new ways about old problems.

I love this article in Fast Company. It’s a brief interview with vulnerability champion Brene Brown. It reminds me of why I like working with leaders who understand the power of being their real, imperfect selves on the job.

My take on vulnerability? It’s messy. It’s human. It’s inspiring to see in leaders, too. What a relief NOT to work with a superhero in a mask… one who always has the “right” answer or believes there’s only one clear path to success in an uncertain, constantly-changing world.

Brene Brown suggests that vulnerability sparks innovation, and I know this to be true. It helps leaders to earn loyalty, admiration and respect. I’ve witnessed how this perceived “weakness” leads to greater success!

Author: Julie Mitchell

Julie Mitchell is an executive coach, facilitator, professional speaker and senior consultant who can help you create more positive working relationships, improve your performance, and achieve goals through understanding and practicing effective communication on every level.

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