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You’re the boss, so you have all the answers. Right? Yeah, not so much.

I sure try to show confidence in my leadership roles, but that only works up to a point. Inside, I feel a variety of emotions, both positive and negative. Occasionally even cluelessness.

You know what? The people I’m with know that too. They know that we’re all just doing the best we can – hopefully succeeding more than failing.

So if we’re all just making it up as we go along, why do we seek out confidence? Because it’s about our desire for control and stability. If I don’t feel in control, then I’ll seek out others who look like they are. Even though I know that’s partially an illusion.

How should leaders deal with this? The key is honesty.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get to the point where you’re honest with your people? Where you could say that you’re proceeding on the basis of partial data and educated guesses?

Yes, that opens up vulnerability. But it also creates trust that you’re telling people the real story, not hiding information.

What’s the next step you want to take on showing that kind of honesty?

SOMETIMES I JUST FEEL LIKE I’m drowning.

It’s not because I’m particularly messed up or disadvantaged. I’m just as human as anyone, and we all have our challenges.

The question is what we DO about it.

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MANY CLIENTS I WORK WITH experience a sense of isolation.

It’s not that they don’t have lots of people around them, but that they’re stuck with the idea that they can’t open up to their friends, employees, and partners.  Sometimes that’s why they hire a coach.

We always find that there are more resources at hand, though.  It’s really more about getting hung up on the idea that you need to have all the answers, and look professional.

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Brené BrownBRENÉ BROWN IS AN AMAZING storyteller, researcher, and expert in social sciences.

I hope you’ve had a chance to see some of Brené’s amazing TED Talks in the area of vulnerability.  They’re insightful and powerful.

I’ve been making the connection between this topic and the clients I’m working with.  Because starting and leading a mission-driven business takes courage.

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