Leading with Vulnerability

Book description

How do some of the world’s top leaders unlock the potential of others, create trust, and lead through change?

Jacob started out with one basic question: Is vulnerability the same for leaders as it is for everyone else? It turns out that it’s not. On August 20, 1991, Hollis Harris, the CEO of struggling Continental Airlines told his 42,000 employees to pray for the future of the company. The next day he was fired. What Hollis did was vulnerable, but it was not leadership.

While vulnerability cripples some leaders, others tap into it and use it as a superpower. Vulnerability alone makes leaders seem incompetent. Competence on its own makes it hard for leaders to connect with their people. The key is to develop both competence and vulnerability, what Jacob calls “The Vulnerable Leader Equation.”

Based on over 100 CEO interviews and a survey of nearly 14,000 employees, renowned leadership thought leader and futurist Jacob Morgan shares candid stories and original research that shows how leaders can tap into vulnerability to transform themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

This book will show you why it’s so crucial to lead with vulnerability and how to do it well. You will learn:

  • The difference between being vulnerable and leading with vulnerability
  • The 5 vulnerable leader superheroes
  • What makes leaders feel most vulnerable at work and why
  • The ROI of leading with vulnerability
  • The 8 attributes of vulnerable leaders
  • What happens when vulnerability is used against you
  • How to climb the “vulnerability mountain”
  • What keeps leaders from being vulnerable at work and how to overcome it

Leading With Vulnerability is not just a book to share with your leaders and your co-workers. It's an invitation to a paradigm-shifting adventure. Nothing like this has been written before and, after reading it, you’ll never look at leadership the same way again.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Introduction: Where It All Began
  8. I: Who Is a Weak Vulnerable Leader?
    1. 1 Panic!
    2. 2 The Vulnerable Leader Equation
    3. 3 Why Lead with Vulnerability?
      1. What It Means to You
      2. What It Means to the Business
      3. N + 1
      4. Vulnerability, Trust, and Interdependence
    4. 4 Tough Guys
    5. 5 How Are You Feeling?
    6. 6 The Land of the Goods
    7. 7 Thick Skin but Not Armor
    8. 8 How People Become Vulnerable Leaders
      1. Experience
      2. Taught
      3. How You Were Raised
  9. II: What Prevents Leaders from Being Vulnerable at Work?
    1. 9 Why Don't We Have More Superheroes?
    2. 10 Breaking the Leadership Stereotype
      1. Lead by Example
      2. Empower
      3. Adapt
      4. Develop
  10. III: What Makes Leaders Feel Vulnerable?
    1. 11 The 10 Vulnerability Signs
      1. Asking for Help
      2. Admitting to a Mistake
      3. Sharing Personal Information Including a Challenge or Struggle
      4. Giving or Receiving Praise
      5. Being in a Tough Situation
      6. Listening
      7. Asking for or Receiving Candid Feedback
      8. Talking About Risk or Uncertainty
      9. Being Authentic
      10. Showing Sincere Emotion
    2. 12 It Takes One to Know One
    3. 13 I Saw the Sign!
    4. 14 The Sprinter and the Gymnast
    5. 15 What We Got Wrong About Milgram's Experiment
    6. 16 The Four Types of Questions
      1. Questions of the Mind
      2. Questions of the Body
      3. Questions of the Heart
      4. Questions of the Soul
  11. IV: What Happens to Leaders When They Are Vulnerable?
    1. 17 Getting Past the Defense!
    2. 18 Critical Moments
      1. Break‐Through Moment
      2. Internal Break‐Through Moments
      3. External Break‐Through Moments
      4. Learning Moment
      5. Fixed Moment
    3. 19 What Does Vulnerability Feel Like?
  12. V: How to Lead with Vulnerability
    1. 20 Unlocking your Superpower
    2. 21 The Five Vulnerable Leader Superheroes
      1. Captain Heart
      2. Wonder Worker
      3. Professor Personal
      4. Super‐Situational
      5. Balanced Beast
    3. 22 The Eight Attributes of Vulnerable Leaders
      1. Highly Competent
      2. Self‐Awareness
      3. Self‐Confidence
      4. Self‐Compassion
      5. Empathy
      6. Authenticity
      7. Motivation
      8. Integrity
    4. 23 The Vulnerability Wheel
      1. Intention
      2. Who Are You Being Vulnerable With?
      3. The Circle of Trust
      4. When
      5. Tone
      6. Professionalism
    5. 24 The Vulnerability Mountain
  13. Notes
    1. Chapter 3
    2. Chapter 4
    3. Chapter 10
    4. Chapter 14
    5. Chapter 15
    6. Chapter 19
    7. Chapter 22
  14. Acknowledgments
  15. About the Author
  16. Index
  17. End User License Agreement

Product information

  • Title: Leading with Vulnerability
  • Author(s): Jacob Morgan
  • Release date: October 2023
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119895244