I’ve been telling people for a long time when I present on the topic of leadership that my life has been a mixed bag of success and failure. Personally, I think I’ve learned more from my failures than I have success. And I think it is my failures, and even my weaknesses, that have ultimately shaped me into the person and leader I’ve become.
But, as leaders, should we expose our weaknesses to those we lead? Should we admit our faults? Should we choose to be vulnerable, or does this impact our influence with others negatively? Historically, leaders have been viewed by society as needing to be powerful, strong. Any sign of weakness or vulnerability could ultimately damage a leader’s reputation. But is this really the case, or have many of us bought in to a fallacy?
Personally, I choose to be authentic. I’ve learned that I’m not going to connect with everyone, and that’s okay. Personally, I’d rather follow a leader who is real and authentic than a leader who always has to be right or flex his or her muscles all of the time.
In a recent article by my friend, Dave Anderson, titled Exposing Your Weaknesses is a Sign of Strength, Dave explores this topic of authenticity in depth.
You can learn more about Dave in the short author bio below.
“Why do we avoid exposing our failures to others? There is only one real answer – PRIDE!” – Dave Anderson
Dave Anderson is the founder of Anderson Leadership Solutions, and author of the Amazon Top-Selling leadership book, Becoming a Leader of Character: 6 Habits That Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home. Dave knows one thing for certain: Our society is in the midst of a leadership crisis. Dave is passionate about speaking, training and consulting with leaders at all levels beginning with the senior leadership team and including the front-line, high potential leaders of the future.