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The Leader's Toolkit: When Vulnerability Is Used Against You

Known as the "crying CEO" his posts went viral on LinkedIn and NOT in a good way

The Leader’s Toolkit is a weekly deep dive around a specific topic to help make you a better leader. In today’s video Braden and I talk about vulnerability and sharing emotion at work.

In an era where authenticity and transparency are highly valued, the concept of vulnerability in leadership has gained significant attention. Braden Wallake (aka “the crying CEO of his company Hypersocial) went viral on LinkedIn a few times, most notably for putting up a picture of himself crying because he had to fire some employees.

His perspective was shaped by a personal experience where he posted a candid message on LinkedIn about his struggles, which elicited a wide range of reactions from the online community. This conversation offers a deep dive into the role of vulnerability in leadership, the challenges it presents, and the potential it holds for fostering a more inclusive and understanding workplace culture.

Wallake's experiences and insights provide a unique lens through which to view this complex and often misunderstood aspect of leadership. In the discussion, Wallake explores various facets of vulnerability, including its manifestation in the workplace, dealing with negative reactions, the personal nature of vulnerability, and the societal tendency to be quick to judge.

He also provides practical advice on how to start being vulnerable and maintaining positivity in the face of criticism. Some of you will agree with what he did and others not, let me know what you think in the comments!

Here are 7 strategies Braden provides with more context available in the video above.

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