February 2024

The Power of Vulnerability in Leadership

The most impactful leaders are those who dare to show vulnerability, a notion beautifully explored in Brene Brown’s “Dare to Lead”. I recently had the privilege of delving into this concept during a meeting with the Leadership Book Club by Phoenix Coaching Co.

In the meeting, we all agreed that it takes courage to be vulnerable. Thinking more deeply about it, I see vulnerability as akin to standing in a dark space, unsure of what’s around you. There’s fear, but there’s also trust that you are safe in that space. Therefore, you can make the most out of the time you spend in that dark place.

From my experiences, I know that being vulnerable requires immense emotional and mental energy. If I want vulnerability to show up regularly in my leadership, I know I need to prioritize self-care. Without this, my capacity to be vulnerable diminishes, and consequently, so does my ability to lead effectively. Indeed, leadership is not for the faint-hearted. It demands a soft front, strong back, and wild heart, as Brene Brown brilliantly describes.

I am grateful to Afsheen Wey-Ismael for hosting this book club meeting and creating a space that allowed for open, vulnerable discussion. It’s in such space that we get to dig deep to uncover the golden nuggets of wisdom within ourselves, and share them in a conversation that and builds collective wisdom. This also fosters connections with fellow leaders from different parts of the globe who attended the book club. I truly look forward to our upcoming meeting.

Here’s to leading with vulnerability and constantly learning!

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