Fortunately, the image of the “all-knowing, all-doing” boss is becoming increasingly questioned in leadership theory. Unfortunately, the reality in many organizations remains just that: just theory.
In practice, many executives advance in their careers with an image of themselves that, over time, leads to negative repercussions on both individual and organizational levels.
If you look further up on the organizational chart, you will likely find an idealized image of your boss that has slowly taken shape in the collective imagination of all great organizations.
Buyer, beware! Because just like any idealized image, this is the model that you’ll aspire to. At some point in time, you’ll try to emulate this model and one day, that’s what you’ll become.
We all internalize and perpetuate this notion of the “omnipotent executive,” which can be extremely detrimental when leading a team.
Long, sleepless nights, fears, confusion and concerns are just some of the natural offshoots faced by executives face over their careers. Sadly, they make efforts to conceal these feelings in their false belief that they are incompatible with their role as leaders.
Wherever you are on the organizational chart, I urge you to reconcile yourself with your own VULNERABILITY.
“And how do I go about it?”… you are surely asking.
- First, distance yourself from this deceiving ideal that conditions and weighs down upon us.
- Even you’re able to pass the first hurdle, know that the second will be even more challenging. Open yourself up by sharing your vulnerability with your team. You’ll be setting a precedent about matters that aren’t often discussed in team contexts. You’ll allow yourself to trust others!
I was once taught that the only way to conquer fear is by relying on its polar opposite: TRUST.
What does vulnerability mean for you? Is it a strength or a weakness?