Is Vulnerability a Weakness or a Strength?

May 25, 2018

Almost everyone seems to think that being vulnerable is a bad thing – it implies that you’re weak or defenseless. But, great leaders recognize the importance of bringing vulnerability to work because it is the foundation for open and nonjudgmental communications. Vulnerability fuels the strongest relationships, and ultimately, helps bring even more success to your work and life.



Reflect on these questions below and work your way through them as a journaling exercise, and see how you are really doing when it comes to being vulnerable as a leader and in your working life.

  1. On a scale of one (not at all) to ten (absolutely), how comfortable are you with truly being vulnerable and seen for who you are at work? Try to be as honest as you can with yourself.
  2. How does this willingness to be vulnerable impact your work and your relationships? How does it impact your ability to lead others?
  3. What gets in the way of being your most authentic self at work? What’s the fear that holds you back? Where and why do you want to be braver?
  4. What’s your preferred armor when you want to hide your true self at work? Perfectionism? Intellectualizing? Cynicism? Numbing? Control? What might this be costing you in terms of opportunities for genuine connection or learning?



Brené Brown Book: Daring Greatly, CLICK HERE

TED TALK – Why vulnerability is absolutely essential 
Brené Brown shares fresh thinking on why caring what others think actually matters, and why critics make us stronger.



What are your thoughts on vulnerability in the workplace, leave a comment below, & don’t forget to tag your pictures #saluslifestyles on Instagram! We want to see you in at work and at play!


Denise & Emily

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