Think of all the incredible things we didn’t get to hear because someone was scared we would see them cry. Jennifer Palmieri, author, Dear Madam President
In her new book Dear Madam President, Jennifer Palmieri writes an open letter to the women who will run the world. I’m sending it to my granddaughters. I think Jennifer imparts some very valuable advice to potential women leaders…primarily, show up as women, don’t try to immolate men, be who you are.
Prior to the quote above, Jennifer says, “Think of all the times you have heard someone say they passed on sharing something that was particularly moving because they didn’t think they could get it out without crying. That’s a shame.” I’m one of “those” who doesn’t cry in front of others…in fact, I rarely cry at all. That’s a shame. I know I’m holding back a part of myself that might be valuable for others…say nothing of what it might do for me. Some of our most important communications are through tears…yes, sometimes even in business. I fondly remember the times I’ve seen presidents cry.
Affirmation: My tears are a special part of me.
Coaching questions: What have you held back because you were afraid of displaying tears? What difference might you make if you are willing to be vulnerable?