Being Vulnerable

– by Matthias Roberg

“We’re never more vulnerable than when we trust someone, but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find joy.” – Walter Anderson. Interestingly, in his book ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a team’, Patrick Lencioni motivates the idea that the foundation for building trust is a willingness to be vulnerable. This notion is counter-intuitive in world where leadership and management is typically characterised by strength, competency, and boldness, hardly qualities associated with vulnerability. When last did you say sorry, or admit you made a mistake and it resulted in rejection by the other party? Amazingly, if anything, I have found the opposite. 

I have tested this with leaders in business and the result is always the same, increased levels of mutual appreciation, respect, and trust. By being willing to be vulnerable, we are making it okay for the other party to be vulnerable as well. Therein lies the secret, once honesty and openness forms the basis of any relationship, trust is a natural consequence. Trust is the foundation for building effective teamwork, an essential differentiator in many successful businesses. “Not finance, not strategy, not technology, it is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” – Patrick Lencioni. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” – 2 Corinthians 12:9.


JOY! Magazine (September 2017)

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