Strong doesn't mean perfect
Especially in times of uncertainty and chaos, we look for strong leaders. But strong doesn't mean perfect. In fact, people don't trust "perfect."
In my research with employees going through organizational change, I saw leadership vulnerability become a strength. It may sound ironic, but the corporate leader who can say to her employees, "Sure, I'm scared too" will have done more for company morale by that single admission than with a dozen phony pep talks ever could.
Why? Because when leaders are perceived as human and vulnerable (and yet still focused and determined), employees identify with those attributes and begin to see the potential for leadership in themselves.
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