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Showing Vulnerability at Work Can Hurt You If You're the Boss, Science Finds

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We've heard a lot about the benefits of vulnerability, especially from Brené Brown, whose inspirational TED Talk "The Power of Vulnerability" has been viewed more than 39 million times. As she argues, allowing ourselves to feel vulnerable, and allowing others to see us that way is terrifying, but ultimately liberating and empowering. But a study conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology revealed that showing vulnerability in the workplace can hurt you if you're in a leadership position.

If you're the boss and you tell the people who for for you that you have doubts about your own abilities or are worrying that your company might fail, they're obviously likely to lose faith in you. But, disturbingly, the study showed that you can lose status with your employees even if you admit a weakness that is unrelated to your ability to do your job. And, although some bosses admit weaknesses to employees in an........

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