Trust and Vulnerability

I’ve been watching the presidential debates, and I keep asking myself if I trust what I am hearing.  Have you asked yourself that question when it comes to messages from leaders in your own organization?  Developing “trusting” relationships (as a leader or follower) includes a willingness to be vulnerable and take risks.

Patrick Lencioni in his book entitled, Getting Naked discusses the fears that keep leaders from being vulnerable.  He focuses on these three:

  • A fear of losing followership – conquer this fear by being other-focused and helping to develop your followers or colleagues.
  • A fear of being embarrassed – build a culture where mistakes are learning opportunities, questions are encouraged and you don’t have to have all the answers.
  • A fear of feeling inferior –be humble rather than ego-centric and focus on the good of the team.

Are you willing to risk being vulnerable?

“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.”  -M. Scott Peck



Randy Conley, Trust Practice Leader, the Ken Blanchard Companies provided the inspiration for this topic.


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