Shame and The Family Business

shameAccording to Dr. Brene Brown …

Masculine Shame = Perceived Weakness

and

Vulnerability = Most Accurate Measure of Courage

 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:8-10

According to Dr. David Cooperrider, Peter Drucker once said: “The role of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths that makes a system’s weaknesses irrelevant.”

Is this a call for courageous leaders to set an example of “boasting all the more gladly (about) their weaknesses,” a call for for leaders to set an example in courageous vulnerability?

Is vulnerability the leadership style of Jesus?

For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. – 2 Corinthians 13:4

Shame?

Weakness?

Vulnerability?

Courage?

Leadership?

Brene Brown says, “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.”

If we are going to change business practices, create a new economy – based on kingdom values – do we begin by addressing the issues of shame, weakness, vulnerability and courage?

Aren’t those issues at the core of The Family’s business?

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