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.