Leading with confident vulnerability and inviting your people to courageously contribute their very best creates a culture of full engagement and fulfillment for everyone, even when there is risk of failure.
Allowing your authentic passion to be present invites others to be vulnerable. With passion, courage, and grace we can all flourish, contributing the best of ourselves to the whole and for the greater good.
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We’ve been talking about the need for authentic leadership. As a coach, I see how successful, and authentic leaders implement these four key principles: adaptability, direct communication, putting values into practice, and leading with passion.
You see, when your people are passionate about their jobs they feel fulfilled. Leaders, like you, seek ways to inspire passion in their people. When you make genuine efforts to enhance your people’s experiences you are rewarded with a team of motivated, and productive people who want to contribute their very best.
Conversely, inflicting a smothering system of red tape, indecisiveness and apathy kills interest, joy, and efficiency. People are more invested in contributing their gifts and talents if you offer them as much authority as they can manage. When this topic comes up with my coaching clients, we discuss the importance of empowering your people to make decisions, take action, and put ideas in motion. The less your people need to rely on you to make decisions, the more fulfilled they’ll become.
Challenge your people to accomplish what they didn’t think possible. Provide real opportunities that push them. People find passion when they’re encouraged and empowered to be all they can be. Creating a culture that aims high, demands excellence, rewards success, and offers positive feedback drives your people to raise the bar on their own endeavors.
Of course, challenges carry opportunities for failure. Allow for mistakes and provide grace when your people are trying their best. Letting your people fail can be positive if you have their backs, continue to support them, and send them back out there with new challenges. People will then learn from their mistakes and often find success in ways that wouldn’t be possible without having failed. A culture that provides grace for failure reduces fear and hesitancy, two significant roadblocks to growth and fulfillment. When you offer authentic encouragement and confidence it boosts your people’s engagement and passion.
The most effective way to inspire passion is to live it. Passion cannot be forced or faked, it’s too easy to detect. Leading authentically draws followers, so don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability. Not everyone will agree with your visions and ideas and every time you put yourself out there you risk rejection or pushback. But your confidence and determination helps to balance the vulnerability, which displays strength through weakness, as Anna Crowe writes in Get Real: The Power of Genuine Leadership, a Transparent Culture, and an Authentic You (Lioncrest Publishing, 2019).
Authentic feelings, responses, and behaviors engage people, affording you respect and trust. And, trusting your people provides them with the opportunity to contribute their best and feel fulfilled.