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Why vulnerability is our biggest strength

As humans, we are programmed to seek connection with others. This can be achieved through openness, authenticity and vulnerability. Being vulnerable, however, can often be seen as a weakness and something to be avoided. But what if we told you that vulnerability is actually a strength?

In our life and career, vulnerability is a key factor in building relationships, achieving personal growth, and leading with authenticity. When we welcome vulnerability, we allow deeper connections with others and build a greater understanding of ourselves.


What is vulnerability? 

Vulnerability is the act of exposing our true selves, including our fears, weaknesses, and imperfections. Humans are naturally avoidant of this, as according to traditional ideas of vulnerability, the act of exposing ‘weaknesses’ leaves us open to physical or emotional attack. This can be uncomfortable and scary, but it is essential for personal and professional growth. When we are vulnerable, we allow others to see who we truly are, which can result in stronger, more meaningful relationships.


Vulnerability in leadership

In business, vulnerability is especially important for leaders. When a leader demonstrates vulnerability, they create a culture of trust and authenticity within their team. Employees will be more comfortable to open up and express their own thoughts and ideas, which can lead to increased creativity, collaboration, and innovation.

Being vulnerable can also help leaders to address and overcome their own weaknesses. By acknowledging shortcomings and addressing areas for improvement, leaders can create a plan for growth and development. This type of vulnerability requires courage, but it can lead to significant personal and professional growth. These developments can then be shared amongst the wider team to improve the overall culture and environment of a business.


Vulnerability in personal life

In life, vulnerability is crucial for personal growth. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we can confront and overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that are holding us back. We can also create deeper connections with others, leading to happier, more fulfilling lives. If you want to truly make the most out of your relationships, and grow as an individual, you must embrace vulnerability. When we are our truest selves, we attract what is meant for us, and can break free from things that don’t matter.


So, how can I be more vulnerable?

In theory this all seems achievable, but vulnerability is challenging. It can be uncomfortable and scary to reveal our true selves, this is heightened with fears of rejection or judgement. At the end of the day, the responsibility lies within yourself to embrace vulnerability, however a little guidance along the way can keep you accountable – a life coach or business coach can help. A coach can help clients identify and address their fears around vulnerability, and provide guidance and support as they work to become more vulnerable.

Vulnerability is a strength, not a weakness. It is essential for building relationships, achieving personal growth, and leading authentically. While vulnerability can be uncomfortable and frightening, it is worth the risk. With the help of a coach, clients can overcome their fears and embrace vulnerability as a tool for personal and professional success.