In my opinion, there are two key hallmarks of successful leaders: they are both authentic and vulnerable. They are willing to be themselves, make mistakes, admit when they don’t know the answer and to work with their team to find the best solution to a problem.

Over the course of my career, I’ve found that leading authentically and being myself has allowed me to be the most effective, satisfied and passionate leader I can be. By the same token, practicing vulnerability has provided me with tremendous payoffs. It has helped me create a sense of relatability and accessibility among my team, help inspire others to be vulnerable and build bonds of trust and loyalty.

At the end of the day, being perfect does not equate to being successful. Leaders who are real and relatable, admit mistakes, are open and honest garner much more than those who don’t.

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