Can the leader be less than perfect? Yes you say, but what if they have a major impediment, like a stammer. King George VI did as you’ll see (if you didn’t know already) if you see the movie The King’s Speech. Sometimes you can’t “get another job” as suggested by his speech therapist before he knew what his job actually was.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable movie and it made me think. When you look through the leadership development businesses and blogs the author is typically portrayed as healthy, positive and portraying all the characteristics one might expect of a leader. Expect? What if the first thing that was brought to your attention was a stammer, say?
Could that work? We talk about tolerance, diversity, empathy in leadership.
So could you lead up and be lead by someone you needed to help in a significant way? Maybe you do.
Are we truly tolerant of diversity? If leaders think they’re showing courage and vulnerability try being speechless with a stammer. That’s a leader to follow. If they can lead with that, what else could they do?