|  Blog Post   |  I feel like my vulnerability has been used against me.

I feel like my vulnerability has been used against me.

I feel like my vulnerability has been used against me.
I had to abandon my vulnerability to get where I am.

More and more, I am hearing these heartbreaking sentiments from women leaders after they hear me teach that their work culture and teams NEED their vulnerability because it is our way to courage.

We’ve been told we’re too emotional or too bitchy, and so we’ve armored up, abandoning our vulnerability and, therefore ourselves.

Except you are worthy of it, the world desperately needs it, and it is where organizations must be going if they are going to repair their cultures, keep good talent, heal and move forward.

Thankful for incredible and courageous conversations with the Women Influencing & Networking Leaders at Cigna yesterday. Also beyond grateful for a sorority sister from college who brought me in to teach the team. It always hits differently and means a lot when someone you know brings you in to teach courage to their company.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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