Physician, heal thyself. Why you as a leader must, too.
Google the phrase: ”physician, heal thyself”
- Proverb: before attempting to correct others, make sure that you aren’t guilty of the same faults.
One of the most difficult challenges leaders face is their own foibles and weaknesses. Many leaders will attempt to cover them up or minimize them. You are doing you and your team a disservice.
Ponder this: do you want them to hide their weaknesses to you? Do you want them to perpetuate your strategy and attempt to hide their weaknesses downstream to their subordinates?
When asked like that, almost everyone replies, “of course not!” However, we return to the leader sets the example. Do you hide and minimize your weaknesses? You may ask, “well, then, do I display them? How prominent should they be?”
You are on your way to asking a better question! What would you say to a subordinate that asked for your advice on this topic? “you do not focus on the weakness, you do not hide it, nor do you advertise it. You focus on the solution. You focus on what you want. You are open, you are vulnerable. You have a sense of humor about it when you can. And you are fierce – nothing is hidden here!”
That sense of openness engenders trust in ways that any other attempt to build trust just can’t do. It is the authenticity that people see. AND… even more importantly, it models for them THEIR behavior and downstream behavior.
Pick one flaw you have been hiding or embarrassed by… what would a new strategy look like now? Can you comment directly on it in your next meeting? Can you ask your team, “help me, give me some straight feedback. What do YOU see in me here in this arena?”
Help them discover and operate on THEIR blind spots.
You are building a better team!