“When we spend our lives waiting until we’re perfect or bulletproof before we walk into the arena, we ultimately sacrifice relationships and opportunities that may not be recoverable, we squander our precious time, and we turn our backs on our gifts, those unique contributions that only we can make.” Brené Brown
We talked in a blog post about how Leadership Development has to be capable of accomodating the honest discussions that allows leaders to express vulnerability and authenticity.
Brené's book is an important lesson for Authentic Leadership.
It gives a language to the more complicated aspects of ourselves, particularly shame and vulnerability, which we all use without quite understanding their real meaning.
In fact, the extract below is entirely about unravelling what 'vulnerability' actually means to us (hint: it's not failing, it's feeling).
Balancing the role model and the authentic is a challenge for any leader. But much like letting a child see their parents admit to their mistakes makes for more resilient children, leaders should be embracing vulnerability if we are to have a more honest and resilient working culture.
This extract is from her book 'Daring Greatly':
"The perception that vulnerability is weakness is the most widely accepted myth about vulnerability... and the most dangerous.