In today’s episode, Steli and Hiten point out the importance of vulnerability in leadership, especially with startups. Now, more than ever before, vulnerability is an important part of building a company’s culture and is also the means to building trust in one’s leadership. Listen to how being vulnerable can show a leader’s honesty and authenticity. You’ll also find out what is equally important to being vulnerable—showing a commitment to NOT giving up.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
00:25 – Vulnerability for those running startups is one of those important topics that entrepreneurs should talk about
01:07 – It is the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally
01:49 – It’s an interesting topic because in leadership, people want to communicate and display strength
03:14 – Back then, vulnerability in leadership was not even a topic
03:41 – Hiten believes that vulnerability is a huge part of leadership—now more than ever before
04:00 – Now, people want to understand how you feel
04:26 – Hiten was forced to understand this when their company faced a problem fundraising
05:10 – His vulnerability helped the whole team deal with it together
05:49 – Admitting faults is a strong level of vulnerability
06:08 – If you’re a leader, you own the problem – you’re accountable for it
06:41 – Vulnerability prevents rumors in a company
06:57 – Vulnerability points to authenticity and trust
07:53 – A leader should have a track record of being honest in communication so his team will spend less time trying to figure out what’s really going on
08:40 – Creating mistrust in your team will result to wasted energy
09:31 – “Vulnerability is a crucial part of honesty and trust in a company”
10:25 – Being vulnerable doesn’t mean being weak
11:24 – Don’t spill your emotions around
12:14 – Spilling emotions at other people causes pain
12:52 – “Vulnerability and being genuine are really related”
14:09 – Many people are just stuck
15:04 – Vulnerability can be a massive display of strength
15:35 – Vulnerability means showing people how hard it is WITHOUT giving up
17:05 – Show that the work is challenging, and, just like them, you also have weaknesses—but, show your team how you deal with those weaknesses
17:47 – Be honest!
19:11 – We’d love to hear your opinion on this topic! Email Steli or Hiten
3 Key Points:
Vulnerability is allowing yourself to be in a position where you can be physically or emotionally attacked or harmed.
Vulnerability plays a huge role in your authenticity and honesty as a leader.
Show that you’re vulnerable, but also show that you’re never going to give up.
Hey everybody. This is Steli Efti.
And this is Hiten Shah. Today, we're going to talk about vulnerability in startups, especially when you're in a leadership role, or a founder role, or a manager role. This is something where it's a topic, it's one of those kinds of Steli and I like to just jump into. We jump into, actually, all the topics, but this one especially. I think neither of us know where it's going to go. There's a motorcycle driving by outside, and so I feel vulnerable because of that. Anyways, I think this is an important topic. This is a very useful topic. Vulnerability is such a big word. You know what I'm going to do, Steli. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
God damn it. I was just about to do it to beat you, but I can't out-Hiten a Hiten, so I'll let you do it.
"Vulnerability is the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed either physically or emotionally." Wow.
Say that one more time.