Creating Spaces for Vulnerability
“Rob, how do leaders create an environment for our teams to be vulnerable?”
At first, my answer was that leaders need to lead by example and be vulnerable first.
This is true, but we need to take it a step further.
On this podcast, Brene Brown, a leading expert in vulnerability, talks with Pete Carroll & Steve Kerr about creating spaces for vulnerability. There are 2 key points:
- Rewarding the behavior. This doesn’t mean gift cards or donuts but this means when someone opens up to us in front of the team, to compliment their courage to reinforce the behavior.
- Managing the team’s reaction. The fear most people have about vulnerability is to get mocked and judged by their team. If we want to create an environment where vulnerability is encouraged, we need to ensure the reactions to vulnerability are with love & support (both us as leaders and our team).
If you like this content, check out my recent appearance on Masterminds in Maintenance podcast titled – S2:E1 Care at the Core of our Companies with Rob Kalwarowsky