Vulnerability: A Key Attribute for Leaders Post-Covid-19


Here is an excerpt from an article written by Ascendant’s Chief Strategy Officer, Merilee Kern, click here to read the full article.

Leaders are understandably concerned about demonstrating vulnerability. In fact, the first result after Googling the phrase “definition of vulnerability” is: “Susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.” With this decidedly ominous and predominant denotation, it’s no wonder that it has taken a seismic shift—namely a threat against humanity itself, in the form of a global pandemic—to prompt the C-suite to collectively get out of their comfort zone and reveal more of their true selves.


Fortune does favor the bold, as it’s said, and those leaders who’ve taken that leap of faith to reveal a more humble and human part of themselves have hit perception pay dirt. Sigmund Freud predicted as much, having famously mused, “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” It’s a notion with a few interpretations and applications for business leaders.

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