Season 13 - Ep 146: Tired of Being the Hero? | Why vulnerability is the key to giving yourself more grace

Apr 07, 2024

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Is it time to give yourself a break? 

For high-achievers, the answer is probably a resounding, “yes”. 

But when we’re not used to breaking and delegating and resting as a normal practice, sometimes the universe steps in and decides for us. 

And then we scramble. 

Whether it’s a worldwide pandemic, a painful divorce, or even a broken foot, the path forward offers opportunities for growth and, most importantly, a chance to demonstrate vulnerability. 

This week, Karlee shares how an unexpected shift in mobility and independence has reminded her to take a deeper look at the opportunities within this circumstance.

In this episode, you’ll hear why it’s so important to demonstrate vulnerability as a leader, and how these moments of true sharing can improve company culture for the better. You’ll explore real-life examples of turning perceived crises into unique opportunities. You’ll also discover how to turn your next unexpected upheaval into an asset that also allows you to give yourself a little more grace. 

If you’re ready to let go of the hero myth and start giving yourself a little more grace, then this episode is for you. 

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • Showing truth and  vulnerability in leadership (1:37)
  • Debunking the myth of the solo hero (2:06)
  • The sentence you need to hear when a shift is taking place (5:26)
  • How challenges offer opportunities to change perspective (7:45)
  • Turning defects into assets (11:32)

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 57: Trying To Do It All Yourself? How smart leaders stop being the hero and start building emotional integrity with Tom Steding

Book: Real Teams Win: What Smart Leaders Need to Know Now about Achieving Peak Performance by Thomas L. Steding

People Mentioned in this Episode:

Tom Steding

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