One of the best ways to build a connection between yourself and others is to share information about yourself—who you are, where you’re from, your influences, etc. Being vulnerable and sharing a little bit about your life helps people see you as more than a one-dimensional character.
So why are so many leaders hesitant to share information about themselves? For some reason, they’ve determined that showing vulnerability is unprofessional or possibly a sign of weakness—but nothing could be further from the truth.
In our experience working with leaders on sharing their leadership point of view, one of the key things we recommend is that they share stories of both successes and failures that have shaped their lives as leaders. These stories help direct reports learn more about what makes their leader tick. They also help people better anticipate how a leader will react in certain situations. The goal of a…
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