We are all human. Failures and mistakes happen to everyone and we all have parts of our story that are not pretty or polished. We’ve talked before about failure being a wise teacher; often our greatest lessons, discoveries, and growth opportunities come out of our biggest mistakes. Creative Leaders are pioneers, blazing new trails for their tribe, which means they are often the ones out front, sinking knee deep into quick sand and finding a path around it. We get to be the ones marking the trail, making the way safe and passable for the ones following behind us, which means we may get our hands dirty along the way.
The beauty of Walking in Power to Change the World Through Creative Leadership is getting to help guide other people along the paths that you’ve already walked. Your wisdom and experience from blazing those trails can help other people navigate potentially dangerous territory safely, or totally mitigate the danger so they don’t have to experience what you did at all. This process is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a Creative Leader. Sharing your story, with honest, confident humility and healthy vulnerability is one of the best ways to help show other people the way to follow in your path.
Healthy vulnerability does not mean that you have to tell every person you meet the deepest, most intimate details of your life. Quite the contrary, healthy vulnerability knows when, and with whom, it is appropriate to share the deep places of your life. It is essential for a Creative Leader to have a core group of support people to process and be truly vulnerable with in the moment as you blaze new trails. Your core team will help carry you through the quick sand and clean it off of you when you need help. Later, as you learn from the failures and triumphs in your journey, you will be able to share honestly with people who come behind you in order to help them safely navigate the path.
Hearing the humanity in the stories of the Creative Leaders in a tribe will empower those who are just starting, or who are struggling through rough patches of their own, to keep going. No one needs a glossed over version of how you got to be a Creative Leader; neither do you need to be raw for the sake of being raw. There is a beautiful balance of sharing the strength that you found in your weakness, from a place of understanding and victory. There is beauty to be found in sharing the struggle to get to this place but the triumph of making it here. Healthy vulnerability allows the people in your tribe to truly celebrate your journey and to access the path that you helped create.
Action: do you have a core support team who can help you navigate the quick sand in your path as you go through it and clean you off when you need help? This core team is essential to your success as a Creative Leader. Are there areas where you can intentionally practice more healthy vulnerability with your tribe?
Emily is a creative entrepreneur, loving life in Virginia Beach, VA, by way of DEN, CLT, & NYC. As the co-founder of Bright Ideas she spends her time doing freelance photography, writing music and blogs, designing pretty web things, drinking coffee, experimentally cooking, and exploring her city. You can listen to Emily's music, follow her adventures on Instagram or Twitter, see what inspires her on Pinterest, check out her photography on Facebook, or hire her here.