active CEO Podcast #143 Vulnerable Open Honest COMMUNICATION

active CEO Podcast 143 Vulnerable Open Honest Communication

Vulnerable Open Honest COMMUNICATION

As leaders it is important that we create a safe psychological space for vulnerability & open honest communication.

Great leaders create a space for effective communication, whereas poor leaders allow poor communication to occur by itself.

Communication should always be a dialogue, not a monologue, and therefore ensure everyone has a voice at the table, is heard and respected.

To ensure people have trust to be vulnerable enough to display open and honest communication, they first need a safe psychological space. Remember, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

Richard Branson describes communication as the most important skill a leader can possess”.


Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes.” … A solid team should be able to bounce ideas off each other, strengthen action plans, help solve issues and provide support to each other.

Psychologically safe team members “feel confident that no one on the team will embarrass or punish anyone else for admitting a mistake, asking a question, or offering a new idea.” 

Psychological safety is as important to team or company success as employee experience and workplace culture.

Simon Sinek notes in the Circle of Safety “leadership reduces the threats people feel inside the group, which frees them up to focus more time and energy to protect the organization from the constant dangers outside and seize the big opportunities.”


Vulnerability has traditionally been viewed as a weakness in the workplace, and the thought of being exposed — flaws, imperfections, challenges, and all— is, for most people, completely terrifying.

But the conversation about vulnerability in our culture is starting to change. And as it turns out, being vulnerable at work isn’t a liability — it’s an asset.

Dr. Brené Brown defines vulnerability as “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” She also notes that “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable.”


Being clear, open and honest gives the impression of authenticity and integrity, essential foundations for true collaboration.

Open and honest communication leads more quickly to a mutual understanding and respect for a difference in views, interests and needs.

As a leader how will you create a safe psychological space for vulnerability & open honest communication?

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