Tuesday’s Chill Pill: Vulnerability Is Powerful

There was a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal today.

The article was written by Patrick Lencioni for executives, but it pertains to the rest of us mere mortals as well. The subject covered was the importance of vulnerability when it comes to leadership and success. My favorite quote from the article:

Most executives have more than enough skill and intelligence to be wildly successful. What set the best ones apart is their ability to know their limitations, surround themselves with others who fill their gaps, and perhaps most important of all, freely and openly admit to others that they are aware of and comfortable with their shortcomings. These leaders attract and retain the best employees, and inspire them to be vulnerable too. As a result, they build companies that clients trust, stick with and enthusiastically recommend to others.

Swap out “executives” for “moms,” “managers,” or even “mompreneurs” and the concept remains as resonant.

Vulnerability & Delegating

As you know, we are huge proponents of the concept that no (wo)man is an island. You cannot do it all. Identify one limitation you have today, acknowledge it and then lean on a family member or friend for help. Do the same again tomorrow, the next day, and the next. Make an appointment in your calendar in a few weeks to look back at what you were able to accomplish as a team. You might just be surprised at the results.