Brené Brown, Ph.D, LMSW
The crux of this book deals with the aversion and misunderstanding of shame and vulnerability.
The truth is if we can accept that we’ll make mistakes, be embarrassed, and be vulnerable it actually makes us more authentic and real. It also makes us more of a leader; assuming and thoughtful.
Expressing gratitude is the key to letting go, putting down your armor, and being vulnerable.
Perfectionism isn’t realistic and leads to failure. Instead, think this way: The 2-mile walk is better than the 4-mile run that you didn’t do.
The imperfect book, published, is better than the one that remains on the shelf.
One of the keys to overcoming the fear of vulnerability is to avoid numbing behaviors. Shadow comforts like cigarettes, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, even food prevent us from getting better.
For leaders, vulnerability is important. Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort it takes to truly lead. If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you are missing your true potential as a leader.