Trust Takes Vulnerability

  • Share This:

Trust develops in many ways. It can grow slowly over time, evolving out of consistency and met expectations. Inversely, trust can form in an instant, growing from a single response or act that creates a feeling of safety.

But most importantly, trust takes vulnerability. Having the ability to admit wrong, inability, and even self-doubt is what helps others to witness our show of exposure as a sign of strength rather than weakness. Within that, there is trust. Trust that others will respect our defenselessness, and in turn come to embrace our expression of authenticity and courage. This level of extreme openness can bring people closer together and is what helps us achieve more together as one.

This approach of breaking down barriers, checking unconscious biases and questioning preconceived expectations takes work. It takes awareness. It takes diligence. But mostly it takes courage to accept the risks of vulnerability. In this video from Cirque Du Soleil, two performers must learn to act with courage by placing themselves in a constant state of vulnerability. In this way, trust is an ongoing and evolving process. It takes revisitation and needs to be revived often.

While the outcome of trust is often feelings of comfort and safety, it’s sometimes within those feelings where our collective progress and the evolution of trust can stagnate. Today, think about your relationships. Where could a show of vulnerability enliven feelings of trust that move you both forward together? What conversations need to be had and what risks need to be taken?

Take the opportunity to dive deeper into who you are with Prism. Use your Portrait to assess how others might perceive you and how you might use that to communicate more meaningfully. The following content has been recommended to you for doing just that.

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”

– Thomas Moore

Do you have an idea you want to share with an empowered community of self-aware professionals? If you’d like to contribute an idea or article to ‘In The Flow of Work’ on the Evolve blog, just send us a message or submit a post to our Head of Content, Adam Schneider

Related Content

post thumbnail
In the Flow of Work
When Personal & Professional Worlds Collide

Our homes are no longer just a home. They’ve become our offices, movie theaters, gyms, restaurants, and coffee houses. In addition to being full-time employees during the workday, we’ve taken on responsibilities as daycare...

post thumbnail
In the Flow of Work
The Courage of Vulnerability

There are times when an act of vulnerability perfectly fits the moment. A wedding, a funeral, a long-awaited reunion, even a deeply meaningful apology are all considered socially acceptable places for showing openness. While...

post thumbnail
In the Flow of Work
Caution: Slippery Slopes Ahead!

Trust, that slippery thing that is difficult to build and yet so terribly easy to break. Today, our society is plagued by the conundrum of who to trust, what to trust, and where to...

Man with beard resting head on hand, and a woman in the foreground, both looking up at a presentation.

Insights on People Analytics, Self-Mastery, High-Performance Teams and the Future of Work

Get insights delivered to your inbox.