What is professional vulnerability?
For too long, vulnerability has been seen as a weakness or is associated with getting “too emotional” for a workplace setting.
It’s time to clear that up because vulnerability is one of the most powerful drivers of successful organizational cultures.
Vulnerability, by definition, means to be exposed to possible harm. Sounds scary, right? But that’s an old definition tied to concepts of physical exposure. When we talk about vulnerability in terms of how we show up in our work and lives, we can take off the “harm” part and define it simply as being exposed to possibility.
Think about it. When we stop putting so much energy into maintaining our masks or personas, when we are brave enough to be open about our experience, we open ourselves up to possibilities we once locked ourselves out of.