While vulnerability is much more popular now, I believe that the majority of us are still operating out of a limiting definition of the word. Today, most of us believe that the only way to be vulnerable is to share all the gory, personal, shameful details of our lives. Certainly, sharing personal experience with openness and honesty can be a very generous thing to do, and your audience may appreciate it very much.* But sharing personal experience it not the only way to be vulnerable with the work you do. Here are a few other options...
Be vulnerable with your thoughts.
Be vulnerable with your deeds.
Be vulnerable with your knowledge.
Be vulnerable with your skills and talents.
Be vulnerable with your resources (financial and otherwise).
Be vulnerable with how you see the world.
Don’t let the common perception fool you, these forms of vulnerability are just as valid, just as brave, and just as generous. It’s about finding what works for you, and what brings the most value to those you lead.