Study after study has shown that being happy at work is more about the little things than it is about large bonuses, stock options and exceptional benefits. I’m not saying those things don’t help, but feeling valued, respected and trusted at work is even more important.
If I come up to a dark hole and tell you to jump in, what would your response be? Probably something like this “You kidding, how about you jump first.” However, if I jump in, then show you it is safe to jump in and then ask you to do the same, you probably will. A leader who opens up about his or her mistakes is showing others it is safe to do the same.