Are you a Courageous Leader?

By October 24, 2022 No Comments

The most courageous leaders are willing to accept their flaws.

You’ve probably heard that the key to being a great leader is admitting you have flaws. If you’re anything like me, you probably rolled your eyes and thought,

“That sounds nice, but what expert came up with that?

“We’ve constantly taught that those who succeed give everything their all and rise to every obstacle head-on. They are people who never fail or back down from a challenge. So, when we read something seemingly absurd, like “admitting weakness makes you stronger,” our first instinct is to think it can’t be true. But leaders with this unusual strength manage to attract followers by being open about their weaknesses instead of trying to appear perfect. These leaders understand that when they don’t succeed at something, it doesn’t make them a failure; it makes them human. Their openness and willingness to admit they could enhance and allow others to trust and follow them more willingly because they know they won’t lead them astray.

Why is admitting your weaknesses necessary?

Successful leaders aren’t afraid to acknowledge the areas in which they could improve, but many of we’re so concerned about being perceived as weak that we pretend everything is fine when it isn’t. We put on a solid face when we’re struggling, making us appear weaker. Nobody likes to follow a leader who makes out that everything is OK when in reality, it isn’t. This kind of behavior is exhausting, and eventually, it will lead to a breakdown. We also don’t realize that the people we’re trying to impress by appearing strong are just as tired of our actions as we are. People constantly putting on a false front are exhausting, and we don’t want to follow them or work with them. On the other side, acknowledging your weaknesses is a sign of strength since it shows that you are conscious of your flaws. You’re human and don’t expect or need anyone to fix those weaknesses for you. It means you’re willing to work on yourself and improve, which is far more attractive than a false sense of perfection.

How to admit weakness as a leader

Being open and honest shows your followers that you’re aware of your shortcomings. When you encounter difficulty, don’t try to pretend like you have everything under control. Instead, be open about your doubts and fears and discuss your plan for overcoming them. Be present in every meeting or situation you face and be willing to accept responsibility for your team’s shortcomings. It encourages your staff to be honest with you so you can support them in their success by demonstrating to them that you are aware of their difficulties. If you don’t understand what’s going on, you can’t repair it, and if your team members see that you always strive for perfection, they are less inclined to confide in you about their problems.

Three ways leaders benefit from admitting their weaknesses

– Trust People are attracted to leaders they can trust naturally, and you can only earn someone’s trust by being transparent and honest about your flaws. Trust is the foundation for any great relationship; it takes years to build. It only takes one quick moment to ruin it, so don’t waste it by trying to be perfect. – Engagement When people know the truth about what’s happening, they’re more willing to step up and do their part to help solve the problem. They appreciate your honesty and willingness to be open about your mistakes because it makes them feel free to do the same. – Opportunity Every problem you face is an opportunity to grow and learn. If you try to pretend like you’ve got it all under control, you’ll miss out on the chance to learn and grow. But if you’re open and honest about what you don’t know, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and make connections that help you learn.

Bottom line

Admitting weakness isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a strength because you’re willing, to be honest about what you don’t know and acknowledge where you can improve. Such a unique characteristic is what distinguishes outstanding leaders from others.

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