The stereotype for a strong leader is someone who has all the answers; has a “shield of steel” level of confidence that just can’t be breached.
But that’s actually not the full story.
Sure, being confident is important.
People will follow a confident leader.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to inspire people to come on a journey with you if you don’t fill them with confidence that you know what you’re doing, you believe in the mission, and you are skilled in overcoming the inescapable problems that will arise along the way.
But we have all met the impregnable leader as well, haven’t we?
You know, the one that you just know is putting up a front; a façade that that they will not allow to be breached.
Why do they do that?
It strikes me that people relate to real people and we all have our vulnerabilities.
You know, the ones that niggle away late at night, the ones that shout at you when you are standing on stage about to give a speech; the ones that actually make you think twice before acting; and the ones that have saved you on many occasions.
Actually, being vulnerable is an important element to be authentic and successful and grounded.
And people follow authentic leaders.
So why hide a great strength?
It doesn’t mean that you become a blubbering ball of uncertainty or an amoeba!
But it does mean acknowledging that you have some areas where you feel the same as everyone else – vulnerable, exposed, knowing that you have a weakness.
People will help, they will complement you and compliment you. They will better understand you. They are more likely to come on a journey with you.
So being impregnable might not be providing you the benefit you think it is. Because your brand is what other people think of you, right?
My question is this – are you brave enough to be vulnerable?