The old style of Leadership focused on very much on authority and how authority can be demonstrated.
We would only need to see an impressive qualification or job title to deem somebody a leader to be followed without question.
Something has changed....
We are much more discerning. We demand more from leaders and refuse to follow leadership that has been thrust upon us.
Instead we now want to choose who we follow. We decide who is a leader based on our own set of criteria.
We want to see that a potential leader has earned the right to lead. We want to see some battle scars. Have they struggled and therefore do they understand our struggle?
We reject a leader that has a superiority complex. We want a leader that is just like us. A flawed person that has experienced struggles, has fallen flat on their face before and has dealt with some of the struggles that we have endured.
A Vulnerable Leader is humble. They do not have all of the answers. They have not arrived at their destination. Instead they are still learning.
They are genuinely interested in the people that will follow them. They want to understand them and help them. They do not want to rule them. A Vulnerable Leader, instead wants to collaborate with them for mutually beneficial outcomes.
A Vulnerable Leader is trusted. They will not be judgmental or over-critical. They are a confidant. People will seek them out for advice and not fear having this information used against them.
A Vulnerable Leader will not exploit others for personal gain.
A Vulnerable Leader has courage.
A Vulnerable Leader does not care what others say about them. Success is derived entirely from within.
A Vulnerable Leader is assertive yet supportive.
A Vulnerable Leader is successful on their own terms and people love and respect them for it.