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The significant role vulnerability plays in leadership

It increases trust and collaboration

It makes you more relatable

It leads to better decision-making

It increases resilience

How to practice vulnerability

  • Be honest with yourself and others. Recognize your own strengths and weaknesses. Then talk about them. The more you start opening up about those skills, both good and bad, it will help you start to build that bridge between you and the rest of your team.
  • Be willing to share your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, and it is important to be willing to admit yours. When you share your mistakes and what you learned from them, it illustrates that you are willing to learn from your experiences.
  • Be open to feedback, even as a leader. Feedback is essential for growth, and vulnerable leaders are open to receiving feedback from their team members. When you receive feedback, be willing to listen and learn, even if it is not what you want to hear.
  • Create a safe space for your team members. It is important to allow your team members to share their own vulnerabilities. This means creating an environment where they feel respected, valued, and supported. Make it a priority, not a nice-to-have.

Final thoughts

Do you have tips about vulnerability? I’d love to hear them! Feel free to share them in the comments below.

Jim Allen is a business leader and entrepreneur who has built one of the top-producing real estate groups in the Triangle. He is President of The Jim Allen Group, which is consistently named one of the top real estate teams in North Carolina and even North America.

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