Embracing vulnerability is a powerful tool for authentic leadership.

Vulnerability, according to Vocabulary, an online dictionary, “Is the quality of being easily hurt or attacked.”

To be vulnerable or even just to show emotion is difficult for some people, especially leaders like yourself. The very definition of the word echoes risk and potential danger. Oftentimes, vulnerability is linked to weakness. If you’re too friendly, you’re gullible. But then if you’re too firm, you’re a micromanager. People will always have something to say no matter what you do, so what do you do? Be your true, authentic self when leading your team.

In the context of being vulnerable as a leader, we often think it’s about the risk of being seen as less than capable in some way or another. However we can also see that being vulnerable is also about showing you are human, fallible and real.

When you are honest with yourself and lead with integrity, your team will see that and will appreciate your leadership even more. You become more approachable (more human). Embrace your vulnerable side. Remind yourself that it’s okay to make mistakes. Mistakes are part of the growth factor that will help you become better at what you do. By showing vulnerability, you create deeper connections with your team and provide a safety net that encourages open communication and a growth mindset.


Here are three tips to help you embrace vulnerability as a leader:

1. Share your challenges and emotions

Open up about your own struggles, doubts and emotions with your team. This shows them that you are human and approachable, which can inspire your team to be more open and authentic as well.

2. Admit when you don’t have all the answers

It’s okay not to know everything. Admitting when you’re uncertain or need help encourages your team to do the same, promoting collaboration and collective problem-solving.

3. Learn from your mistakes

When you make a mistake, own up to it and share what you’ve learnt from the experience. This creates a culture of learning and growth where your team feels safe to take risks and learn from their failures.


To be vulnerable, you have to be authentic and true to yourself. To do that, you must be CONFIDENT enough that despite facing challenges and hurdles along the way, you can and will lead your team towards success. The CONFIDENCE Program™: Middle Managers Mastermind can help! Find out more here.

If you need more help and support on how to be your true, confident and authentic self when leading your team, let me know. I’d be delighted to help.