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Why Won’t More Leaders Admit That They Don’t Have All the Answers?

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Uncertainty has yet to emerge as a higher-order value or behavior that organizations eagerly reward.

The stereotype of the infallible executive persona, and the deeply held belief that we must continually project an aura of confidence and competence, makes it extraordinarily difficult for some leaders to just say, “I don’t know.” (For political leaders it seems nearly impossible.)

"I don't know" is one of the most powerful answers you can give, if you use it wisely.

Was just discussing this w my husband this morning. For now, I'll hold my tongue:) I'd like to send this out to people, though... 

Dawn, send away.

Geege, that passage is worth quoting:

We can’t begin being empathetic when another person arrives. 

We have to already have made a space in our lives where empathy can thrive. And that means being open—truly open—to feeling emotions we may not want to feel. It means allowing another’s experiences to gut us. It means ceding control.

Empathy begins with vulnerability.

And being vulnerable, especially in our work, is fucking terrifying.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher on empathy. Complement with Brenè Brown on why vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and everything that matters.

Can't send away, Adam. I don't think the critique would be well received ;)

Well then that critique will just have to be between you, me, and the Internets.

Ha:) Wonder if they're here... 

Probably not. The Internet is a good place to hide in plain sight.

It’s better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. 
— James Thurber

Questions James Thurber

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