How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? This is a pretty heady question that has been rumbling around in my brain ever since I watched a compelling TED talk by Brené Brown last week. It is also a question that is incredibly important for leaders to consider when they think about how to lead authentically. Embracing vulnerability takes incredible emotional intelligence, requiring self awareness, skill in expressing emotions, and an ability to communicate those emotions to others that you lead.
I’d encourage you to take a few minutes from your day to do what 12 million other people have done and view her TED talk You’ll be glad you did.
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.