Do you know who won the Masters Golf Tournament last week? I think more people knew that Tiger Woods competed and lost. Let’s talk about Scottie Scheffler and vulnerability and openness. Scottie Scheffler won the Masters and stayed out of limelight and credited his wife, Meredith. Look at this quote from the NY Post to see vulnerability in action.
“I cried like a baby this morning,” the New Jersey native recalled. “I was so stressed out. I didn’t know what to do. I was sitting there telling Meredith, ‘I don’t think I’m ready for this. I’m not ready, I don’t feel like I’m ready for this kind of stuff.’ I just felt overwhelmed.
“She told me, ‘Who are you to say that you are not ready?’ What we talked about is that God is in control and that the Lord is leading me; and if today is my time, it’s my time.”
Leadership that succeeds, surprisingly, is a lot like Scottie Scheffler. Take notice, he won the Masters and hardly anybody noticed. Then, he admitted he was super nervous before his final round. Not a lot of people heard him say that actually. I had to dig to find it.
Surprisingly, vulnerability and openness are key signs of a great leader. Not many leaders have realized that actually. We have fabulous success at placing leaders as look for the Scheffler’s in every industry. Noticeably, these guys are not grandstanding. They are often hard to even find. However, they know how to win.
Amazing What Vulnerability and Openness Can Do
They do it quietly and often give credit to others inspiring their team to greater efforts. These vulnerable are not the ones who make politics grow, but rather are the ones who promote people who do real work and live out servant leadership. These hidden great leaders are the ones who bring their heart to work every day and can find ways to bring success. Vulnerability is so valuable.
Great workers flock to them. The best workers stay, and the politicians find the door.
We can know all of that just from seeing vulnerability and openness? Yes and No. We can say that it is a sign. No one gets our recommendation without passing our intensive background check. I see that part of our success is getting these quiet champions to the background check.
Many interviewers will pass over them as they report real numbers and not exciting fiction. We can support these people and care for them. They make your company better if you can only see what we see. We do our best to help you see the right people even though Tiger Woods gets all the press while failing badly.