Why Should Anyone Be Led By You

1901 WordsSep 28, 20158 Pages
At the ripe age of 18, a coworker shared what he expressed was very important advice. He said, “The more people know about you, the more they will use against you.” He said it came from an important book he read while in the military, “The Art of War,” by Sun Tzu. At that time, I took it as good advice to reflect on. I didn’t know how to apply his advice right away but as my experiences grew I knew I would encounter the quandary of do I share the whole story, a portion, or nothing at all. Years later I would return to his guidance again and again and ask myself, am I sharing too much? Am I not sharing enough? How much should I share about myself with others? There are managerial and leadership implications for swinging the pendulum too far for what is shared. As I read, “Why Should Anyone Be Led by You,” my instincts were to shake my head from side to side and disagree. Do we really want to share who we really are at our workplace? If I share, does that mean I am more authentic? Pointing out my flaws does not make me a better leader. Reading the article immediately brought me back to the day I heard my coworker’s advice and a day fifteen years later when I was sharing and hearing too much. About four years ago, my employer scheduled an all-day offsite for each team to share personal information with one another. The session was led by each team’s manager with the intent of each team member sharing their personal story and what made them who they are. People were sharing the
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