Choosing Vulnerability

Brené Brown explains its power.

On Thursday and Friday, I had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit. There were a number of amazing speakers over the two jam-packed days, but one held special weight for me as I thought about small groups.

Brené Brown is a researcher and a story teller, and she has studied social work extensively. Her talk focused on the power of vulnerability in leadership. She said that, frankly, without vulnerability, we're not really leading. In a nutshell, vulnerability honors the other person. It lets them know they are seen and worthy. And that seems like a high goal for small-group leaders.

To give you a taste of Brown's research and passion, watch her Ted Talk below. You'll see how she's able to speak in a way that's powerful because of her vulnerability, and she explains her own struggles with being vulnerable. Then stay tuned for another post about this important topic for small-group leaders.

How vulnerable are you with your group members? Why have you chosen this level of vulnerability?

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