We have constructed a way of leadership that is distant from others, believing that leading others is a one way street. But transformative leaders make themselves transparent to others so that both are inspired towards growth.
I know this leader who has snacks in her office. Everyone goes to see Teri because they’re hungry throughout the day. She will say, “Have something to eat, son” and after a few minutes of the employees eating, they start sharing their work and life struggles. She just listens as they both snack and tell stories. Teri might offer a story of her own experiences and then as they’re wrapping up, the employee will thank Teri and off they go. Most employees describe Teri as one of the best managers to work for. Why? Because she cares. Teri makes herself a vulnerable leader–who is not afraid to listen and learn from others. I should also note that Teri’s department is constantly breaking records in her department.