Too many leaders get caught up thinking about power rather than their responsibility to those they lead.  In all leadership roles, there is an informal dependence on others.  In many ways, that reliance is more important than the power or authority implied by one’s placement at the top of an organizational chart. 

One key component of leadership often overlooked, and rarely discussed is vulnerability. Vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.   It is not a sign of weakness; it can be a confident leaders greatest strength. Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when leaders have no control over the outcome. This is true courage, which is exactly what a team and organization needs from their leaders during times of uncertainty. 

In the end, it’s not about the leader. It’s about a relationship between them and the individuals challenged to help transform something “good” into something “great”. If you sincerely want to build organizational trust, respect, honesty, and creativity.  Most already possess the necessary tools.  Just remember to lead by example with confidence, integrity and vulnerability. 

About the Author Michael K. Francis

Michael is a C-Suite Business and Human Resources Executive with more than 30 years of professional experience in the public sector with four Fortune 500 companies, and as a Management Consultant. In 2020, he founded BEAM Executive Advisors, LLC to provide consultative services to clients based on collaborative relationships, trust, and integrity.

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