Strength from Weakness

Sitting in a beautiful B&B perched at 4,000 feet in Western North Carolina, I was reading one of my favorite authors, David Whyte. In his book, Crossing the Unknown Sea – Work as a Pilgramage of Identity, he asks about what makes us love the good captains, the good leaders.

Part of the answer, while sensible, was still astounding to me. We love them because they are unapologetically who they are. And yet another surprise; some of the greatest acts of captaincy and leadership occurred at a time when these leaders we so admire were at a weak point.

In a weakness, they were strong. Why?

I can remember acts of my own personal strength that immediately followed a weak moment. I guess I’ve romanticized the strengths approach too much. However, I remain dedicated to a strengths versus weakness approach to personal/professional growth and development. Only now I’m more conscious of where my energy to apply a strength really comes from in some cases.

How powerful our frail humanness!

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About Jeff Brunson

In this whirling 21st Century the individual needs to embrace the authentic self and confidently leverage the energy and power found there. As we entered the 21st Century, I became more concerned about what leaders like you needed for successful influence and personal fulfillment. As we move deeper into this challenging 21st Century, I’m more convinced than ever that the core of my work is in helping individual leaders remember who they are − a trueness. It is about confidence found in your authenticity.

1 thought on “Strength from Weakness

  1. Thats a funny concept, we love some one who is unapologetic. Im sure many people at the moment would disagree though.

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