A HR head shared that her CEO had committed to a coaching process.
“That’s great news. This will be a positive example for everyone the company”, I replied.
“Well, he is doing this coaching, but people aren’t supposed to know about it. He wants to keep it confidential.”
This is not just sad; it is bad for your business.
There is nothing to be ashamed of by asking for help.
We all need help.
None of us are perfect. When we pretend to be perfect, hide our imperfections, and discourage people from giving us feedback and ideas to improve, we lose followers and our ability to influence others.
Most of my bosses were open about their strengths, areas of development and their shortcomings. They encouraged me to give them feedback as I saw fit. This triggered a deep sense of personal responsibility to act in the same way. It motivated me and encouraged me to stay highly engaged.
Sharing that you need and want help is an ownershift to high performance cultures.
When you hide where you need help, you hurt yourself, the people around you, and your company.
How do leaders at the top of your organization demonstrate they need and want help?
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