Think of all the incredible things we didn’t get to hear because someone was scared we would see them cry. Jennifer Palmieri, author
In her book, Dear Madam President, Palmieri writes an open letter to the women who she thinks will run the world someday. One piece of advice Palmieri gives potential women leaders is to show up as women. In other words, don’t try to immolate men. Be who you are.
Palmieri also writes, “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 women who rarely cries. I know I’m holding back a part of myself that might be valuable to others. Some of our most important communications are through tears. Even business and world leaders need to show their emotions. I fondly remember the times I’ve seen presidents and burly football players cry.
Affirmation: My tears are a special part of me.
Coaching questions: What have you held back because you were afraid of crying? What difference might you make if you show more vulnerability?