Research: Why Leaders Should Be Open About Their Flaws | Harvard Business Review

Mar 30, 2023

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Leaders often struggle to come across as authentic. New research finds that one reason is they frequently choose to present their strengths and intentionally avoid disclosing their weaknesses. A team of researchers asked leaders in various organizations to write how they would introduce themselves to prospective workers. Most leaders only revealed their strengths. This is a mistake. Revealing personal foibles — as long as they are not serious personal shortcomings — makes leaders come across as authentic and generates good will and trust.

Source: Research: Why Leaders Should Be Open About Their Flaws | Harvard Business Review

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