What does it look like to be vulnerable at work?
No, it doesn’t mean telling everyone about that time your pants split at the fair and you trying to duck tape them back together. No one wants that. Being vulnerable at work means you’re willing to set aside your ego and bias. Because there is no progress, no wins, no advancements without that initial vulnerable moment.
Vulnerability is the cornerstone of business that for some reason is still viewed as a weakness. Consider this, if no one was ever vulnerable, we wouldn’t have half of the things we have now. Thomas Edison was one of the world’s greatest advocates for vulnerability, having said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Connections with coworkers, employees, or even customers can be strengthened when demonstrating vulnerability at work. Brene Brown Ph.D. is an expert in the field of vulnerability and she has looked at the difference between vulnerable connections between employees and the connections lacking in vulnerability. And she’s found that employers and employees who are more open and vulnerable with their colleges will always experience a greater connection and success, compared to offices where employees have felt afraid to speak or were simply uninterested in their work.
Brene Brown defines vulnerability as, “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” And while that all seems scary and foreign, I would always choose to have a hard conversation that could lead to changing lives, but that just my two cents. I’ll leave it up to you young entrepreneurs to decide what works best for you.