Vulnerability and Leadership

When you shut down vulnerability, you shut down opportunity.

– Brené Brown

Vulnerable leadership is not a leader walking around sharing their deepest, most personal secrets with everyone. Vulnerable leadership is taking off your armor, putting aside your ego and being genuine and real. In this roundtable, Dr. Janet Pilcher shared tips for vulnerable leaders to create ways to let others in their heads and hearts, especially in difficult situations.

In the roundtable and the discussion groups, Janet challenged leaders to think about what vulnerable leadership means to them, share examples of vulnerable leadership in difficult situations and reflect on the tips she shared:

  • Provide an example of some bad news to share. What did you notice about vulnerable leadership when sharing bad news?

  • What tip resonated with you the most and why?

  • What questions do you have about vulnerable leadership?


Roundtable Resources


Vulnerability and Teamwork | 9P

With substantial pressure on workers and teams to learn new skills, generate innovative and creative products and services, and collaborate to solve complicated problems, we are realizing a need for team members to build deeper connections and take greater risks. To accomplish this, we embrace vulnerability.

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Culture of Resilience | 9P

How do organizations succeed through difficult times? Resilient organizations are able to improve faster because they place emphasis on and build disciplined routines around people, service, and alignment. To cultivate a culture of resilience leaders align people to goals, take time to routinely reflect, and communicate transparently with all stakeholders.

Read the article on 9P >> 

Hear More from Janet on Vulnerable Leadership


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EP 138: Take Off the Armor
What does vulnerable leadership look like? We know it involves opening up and being real, but how do we approach vulnerability in our organizations? In this episode, Janet shares characteristics of vulnerable leadership and practical tips for leading with vulnerability.

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