There are so many occasions where I reflect on Brené Brown’s TedTalk on shame and vulnerability.
Brenė Brown is a social researcher, self-proclaimed storyteller and expert on social connection. She has conducted thousands of interviews to determine what lies at the root of social connection, claiming it to be vulnerability and authenticity.
Her 2010 presentation had a huge impact on me because it gave me the permission as a leader to be imperfect.
In so many teams and organisations, human connection is often missing from the workplace – especially in senior leadership positions. We are taught to keep a distance from one another and project a certain image that is often characterised by confidence, competence, control and authority.
For me, this projection became really uncomfortable early on. I began to realise that in the pursuit of projecting what I thought a leader should be, I was compromising my authenticity by covering up my vulnerabilities.
I felt there was something inherently missing from being able to take my teams from performing well, to high performing. Continue reading