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Perusing through the Huffington Post, I came across an article on Vulnerable Leadership that speaks to the fact that leaders must have the capacity to show weakness. Many leaders feel that showing any sign of weakness is a personal failure, but having the ability to admit one’s mistakes and ask for help when needed can have a lasting positive impact on employees.

It is important for employees to know that their boss is not impervious to challenges and obstacles in the workplace. Showing weakness can empower employees by showing them that successful people become successful by overcoming adversity. Asking team members for help during a project also makes them feel needed and respected.

It can be difficult for management to admit mistakes and show vulnerability, but leaders today must find a way to be a pillar of strength within their company while at the same time not being afraid to show their softer side.

Related book summaries in the BBS library: The Other Kind of Smart, The Inspiring LeaderThe Adversity Advantage

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