Some time back I was reminded about a crucial attribute that all seasoned leaders possess. What surprised me was that it didn't come from what I do in my work life, it came from an interaction I had with my then 15-year-old son.
Sparing you some of the gory details, we had a situation where my son and I had to have some "man talk" where I expressed some displeasure with his behavior. It wasn't pretty and was very uncomfortable for him and not at all pleasant for me. Given that I took some huge withdrawals from the emotional bank account with him I recognized that I needed to have a more grounded follow-up discussion with him the next day.
Those leaders who demonstrate that they are fallible and can courageously share when they've bungled it are the leaders that garner the greatest respect from their teams. Those who are afraid to bare their souls and tell of their screw-ups don't demonstrate courage, which is vital to any leader's credibility.
Use your successes and failures to help your teams learn from you and to model courage. Your teams will respect you immensely and be much more likely to follow your lead.
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