Each month Fierce will be publishing an exclusive blog post for the Learning Forward blog hosted by Education Week. Director of Fierce in the Schools, Deli Moussavi-Bock's first piece was published today and we wanted to share a portion of the blog with you.
I missed some amazing opportunities in my career because I thought I had to figure something out on my own or I wanted to do something perfectly. I now know perfection is counter to growth, risk, innovation and, most importantly, authenticity. The definition of a Fierce Conversation is one in which you come out from behind yourself, into the conversation, and make it real. Authentic, genuine, real— we know it when we see it or hear it. I’ve been witness to the raw power of authenticity in leadership. I’ve learned that if I want to fully embrace authenticity, I need to be willing to make myself vulnerable.
I was thrilled by Brene Brown’s 2010 TEDx talk on vulnerability. Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has spent 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She discovered that “in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen... deeply seen.” She found that people who had high self-worth “had the courage to be imperfect. They had the compassion to be kind, first to themselves and then to others. They had connection as a result of authenticity. They were willing to let go of who they should be in order to be who they were, which you have to absolutely do for connection. They fully embraced vulnerability”.
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