An excerpt and link to Brad Feld’s latest post contains the enormously insightful advice for anyone attempting to lead a startup (or initiative of any kind): to be vulnerable.
Leadership is hard business and true dynamism is not based on singular perspective or reliance on only one person’s experience. The importance of vulnerability is in what it affords would-be-supporters: the knowledge that you can accept/tolerate/respect their critique and advice, rather than reject it, or worse, them. This is such a powerful tool towards improving both the channels of advice available to an entrepreneur and the influence that leader can wield.
It’s a great post: http://www.feld.com/wp/archives/2013/01/be-vulnerable.html