Vulnerable Leader Greatness

AUDIO: How Can Vulnerable Leaders Be Great Leaders?

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

Leadership greatness hides in the most unlikely places. For years my goal was to be a strong, durable leader who is ready to overcome the opposition.   

Subconsciously, I thought…

‘You guys can be human, that’s fine. I can’t relate, but that’s why you can follow me. I will protect you. I will see past emotion when you can’t. I will do battle for you. You can trust me because I’m invulnerable.”

I always hated vulnerability because I never understood the difference between vulnerability and weakness. I didn’t want to be “human”. I thought I needed to be “invulnerable”.

So what’s the problem with being invulnerable, anyway?

After my indictment, I realized how much energy I had expended to sustain my invulnerability. I struggled to keep the shields of protection in place. I couldn’t show weakness and I was certain my significance as a leader was built on walls that protected me from being vulnerable.

I believed my brokenness disqualified me for leadership. I had it completely backwards! Being invulnerable kept me from Breakthrough Leadership.

Vulnerability amplified my leadership in 6 POWERFUL ways!   

  • Once I was unapproachable, and now I was approachable.
  • The energy I used putting up defenses was now used to build bridges.
  • Significance finally came because vulnerability created authenticity.
  • My vulnerability became a leadership channel of trust.
  • My isolation dissipated.
  • My honesty built teams and invited collaboration.

Vulnerability isn’t weakness. Vulnerability is authenticity! 

Vulnerability opens a gateway of true leadership. No longer do people follow the leader for money or selfish ambition, they are drawn to passion and authenticity.

Blame and duty give way to connection and unity.   

The greatest leader who ever walked on the earth was also the most vulnerable. His leadership is still being felt. Organizations who wield the power of His principles and model His vulnerability find the true channel to success.

Vulnerable leaders are the only ones with the potential for lasting greatness.  

True Vulnerability Creates Greatness

Like many Breakthrough Leadership principles, vulnerability is only understood when it’s turned “right side up”.

We resist vulnerability because our beliefs about it are false. We want to be invulnerable because we want to be strong, also FALSE.

We don’t want to be broken because we don’t realize we are already broke. We fear inadequacy because we imagine others expect us to have all the answers.

True vulnerability brings massive rewards you never expected. You get what you give. Authenticity and vulnerability modeled in your organization enable others to work together without defense mechanisms. 

You turn resistance on its head. Resistance creates resistance. When we attack, others defend. But, when we lead with authenticity and vulnerability we establish an environment for success.

You become more transparent. You don’t have to carry burdens alone. Others want to help.

You aren’t the Lone Ranger. You don’t have to solve all of the problems.   

You can have friends because you are enabled to be a friend. You can lead without adrenaline.

Vulnerability Is Authenticity

Vulnerable leaders achieve greatness because vulnerability leads to Leadership Breakthrough.   

You don’t have to energize force fields to protect yourself and your persona. You don’t have to “get yourself up” for a meeting or conversation. You don’t have to ‘project’ the man you want others to see any longer.   

Authenticity brings trust. Trust brings efficiency. Efficiency optimizes profitability and success!

The Greatest leaders are the greatest leaders because they walk the path of vulnerability and authenticity all the way to the finish line.

Add your comments to the conversation: Have you been suppressing your vulnerability because you believe it is a weakness? How can you change this belief and start using your true vulnerability as a leader? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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