Which is more important when you are a leader?
That you create a connection with your people, or that you are perfect?
It’s a serious question.
Perfection, on the surface, appears to be a good thing. Who doesn’t want to be perfect? Except when you strive for perfection and only step out once you’ve achieved it, you end up wasting a great deal of time. It will cause you to question, delay, edit, and re-edit, worry, second guess and ultimately not step out into action.
As a leader, where do you need to be?
You need to be IN ACTION.
Connection, on the other hand, is an absolute must for a leader. Without connection, you have no one to lead. No one is listening, no one is being touched or influenced, no lives are being changed. To lead, you must create a connection.
We are wired for connection. Humans naturally are drawn to community. Speaking from the standpoint of evolution, community is safety. The lone person dies, but the pack survives. We understand ourselves in relation to others. And the people you connect with are your people. Those you don’t connect with, well, they are not. Connection is a leaders tool, and probably the strongest one of the lot.
Perfectionism comes from fear. When you strive for perfection, it’s because you are afraid that someone will think less of you if you appear to be less than perfect.
Except, perfect isn’t a thing that exists.
Striving for perfection is requiring the impossible to occur before you will step out, get visible and lead. Perfectionism protects you from taking risks, which are by nature dangerous. The thought is “If I am not perfect, people will not follow me.” Let me ask you this; is anyone perfect? Is your ideal client perfect? Do you want people who expect, and respect, only perfection to be the people who follow you? By showing your imperfection, you are showing your humanity, and that is what people connect with.
Leading from fear is not leading. To lead from fear is to instill fear in those who follow you. The people that you lead are attracted to your vibe. And they raise their own vibration based on yours. Fear begets fear, and the last thing this world needs is more fear.
What is your goal? If it’s to change the world, to lead humans to be better humans, then your imperfection is a strength, not a weakness. It is your strongest asset upon which to build connection with your people.
Be imperfect. Create connection.
Change the world.