Share your own vulnerabilities
No one is perfect!
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
Although you are a leader, you are human. We all have our unique strengths and likewise those things which we know we are not good at.
Don’t miss an opportunity to ask for advice from your employees when you know they are better at something than you are. This will help feel valued and appreciated. Also don’t miss an opportunity to ask for feedback on your performance and listen to the feedback openly without commenting or justifying yourself.
Admit when you make a mistake; making mistakes and receiving feedback is how we all learn.
There is value in celebrating success (Key Six) but also in celebrating failure. An ability to give and receive feedback openly and without judgement will cultivate a culture where people are not afraid to own up to mistakes which the whole team can learn from.
I love Brene Brown’s engaged feedback checklist from her book ‘#daretolead’ for further learning on feedback and the power of being vulnerable in leadership. Dare to Lead – Brene Brown