As leaders we sometimes thinks we always have to keep things together.
Always deliver the best presentations and proposals
Never say anything stupid
Show others we are on top
But I remember this story a few years ago, when a colleague of mine (a person in the top mgmt) was going to do a panel on sustainability in a big and public forum.
After, when I asked him how it went, he said: like sh*t!
And I could tell he was not happy with himself, at all.
He is a person I respect, always enjoyed working with and I think is brilliant.
Hearing him say that he did lousy at that event was a relief to me. "Thank god, he is also human!" I thought to myself.
When I have a bad day I think of him. Maybe I’m helping someone overcome their fear of being lousy, by being lousy I front of them and showing them that it is ok.
We do not always have to keep things together as leaders.
We only need to be human.
Do you agree?