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Are You Vulnerable? Maybe You Should Be?

September 28, 2013

Daily ReadAre You Vulnerable? Maybe You Should Be?

Many in our society believe that showing even the slightest hint of vulnerability could cause them to be seen as weak.  But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Vulnerability is a sign of courage and strength, innovation and creativity. Every leader has vulnerability. What sets the greatest leaders apart is that they have the self-awareness to recognize this fact. Here are 4 myths to combat the old beliefs of vulnerability…

Myth #1: Vulnerability is Weakness. Vulnerability is not a weakness at all. It is, perhaps, one of our most accurate measures of courage. You are putting yourself out there – whether it’s starting your own business, your first date or taking your business public. With risk comes vulnerability.

Myth #2: You Can Opt Out of Vulnerability. Vulnerability is a natural condition of the work that we do—it isn’t a choice but a consequence. To declare one “not vulnerable” puts oneself in a state of constant denial. It’s best just to acknowledge the fact that vulnerability is there.

Myth #3: Vulnerability Means Letting It All Hang Out. There is a difference between revealing life details to the point of bad taste (which is not an act of courage, it is an act of attention-seeking) and being very candid within a small group of trusted associates and friends about a sensitive business or personal matter.

Myth #4: I Can Go It Alone.  When we ask others “Can you help me with this? What are your thoughts on this issue? Are you willing to work on this together with me?” we are expressing our vulnerabilities in a courageous and positive way. No one should pretend they can handle everything themselves, nor expect others to.

Knowing that vulnerability is a universal condition, and that recognizing and owning our vulnerability is a form of true courage may cause you to ask yourself ‘Are You Being Vulnerable Enough?’

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  1. gettingdiscomfortable permalink

    Great post Jeff. I agree that allowing yourself to be vulnerable takes a lot of courage. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to appear perfect that we forget what its like to be real.


    • Absolutely. Love the username!


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