Episode #157 – The Power of Vulnerability: Building Trust and Creating Authentic Connections

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In this episode of Team Anywhere, host Mitch Simon explores the concept of human-centric leadership with guest Jacob Morgan. They dive into the importance of vulnerability in leadership, discussing how being genuine and authentic can build stronger connections and trust within a team. Jacob shares insights from his research and interviews with CEOs, highlighting the shift towards embracing vulnerability in the modern workplace. From climbing the vulnerability mountain to intentional sharing and building relationships, Jacob and Mitch provide practical strategies for leaders to cultivate human-centered leadership and create a more supportive and inclusive work environment.

The Power of Vulnerability in Leadership

Jacob Morgan dives deep into the transformative power of vulnerability in leadership. He explores how vulnerability is no longer seen as a weakness but rather as a crucial element for effective leadership. By sharing personal stories and insights, Jacob highlights how being vulnerable builds trust, fosters connection, and enhances overall competence.

The Vulnerability Wheel and Its Application

Jacob introduces the concept of the vulnerability wheel, a useful tool for leaders to navigate the waters of vulnerability. He explains how the vulnerability wheel acts like ripples, starting at the center with genuine vulnerability and expanding outward. Jacob tackles common questions and concerns leaders have about vulnerability, offering practical guidance on when and how to be vulnerable.

The Changing Landscape of Leadership

Jacob explores the changing landscape of leadership and the growing importance of vulnerability. He delves into how vulnerability, once viewed as unnecessary, is now recognized as a vital trait in successful leaders. Jacob looks back at the era of tough bosses and emotional detachment, highlighting how these outdated approaches hinder success in today’s environment, and why vulnerability is the key to thriving as a leader in this shifting landscape.

Building Personal and Professional Connections

Jacob also underscores the significance of vulnerability in building personal and professional connections. He emphasizes how vulnerability is not limited to sharing mistakes and failures, but also includes expressing emotions and asking for help. Jacob offers practical steps to cultivate vulnerability, from starting small with simple conversations to gradually working towards more challenging areas.

Who is Jacob Morgan?

Jacob Morgan is the best-selling author of 5 books including his most recent, Leading with Vulnerability: Unlock Your Greatest Superpower to Transform Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization which is based on over 100 CEO interviews and a survey of 14,000 employees. His work has been endorsed by the CEOs of Best Buy, Unilever, Mastercard, The Ritz Carlton, and leading thinkers like Adam Grant and Seth Godin. Jacob is the creator of Great Leadership on Substack and host of the Great Leadership Podcast.

His new book, Leading with Vulnerability: Unlock Your Greatest Superpower to Transform Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization, will be released on October 3, 2023. Pre-order now on Amazon HERE.

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