Have you made a fool of yourself lately?

To phrase it that way may seem a little sideways. Instead think of it as, “I made a human of myself.”

Leaders spend energy worrying about the appearance of things – or at least how they think others see our lives and what we do. Drop your guard. Choose transparency. Make a genuine connection with someone and see how much more fruit that will bring your direction. When you throw caution to the wind, to go right to the edge of foolishness, which is code for being an actual human. Sometimes we confuse the positive of “Humanness” with the assumption that we must be professional at work at all times.

We can choose to drop our worry and instead not play it safe all the time. As we do that we will no longer come across as aloof. We will look less corporate – most of the time a good thing! We can mistakenly think of that way to see as being a “Professional.”

When we wrongly persuade ourselves it’s never good to ever come across as a fool, then we shut down a relationship bridge that will help others relate to others to us.

Oh yeah, they already worry about themselves coming across as a fool. Welcome them into your life as one who is more like them than they thought. It’s more powerful to follow a leader who is real and is okay if they seem foolish – in other words, someone who is like them, not all that different than them.

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