Brené on Armored versus Daring Leadership, Part 1 of 2 - Transcripts

April 05, 2021

  • Favorite
  • Share
The greatest barrier to daring leadership is not fear; the greatest barrier is armor, or how we self-protect when we're in fear. This is Part I of a two-part series, where I unpack the most common types of armor, including being a knower versus being a learner, tapping out of hard conversation versus skilling up and leaning in, and using shame and blame to manage others versus using accountability and empathy. Join me for a conversation that includes real examples and actionable strategies about how we can dare to lead. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Hi everyone. It's Bernet and I'm here with a special two part series from my new podcast Dare to lead in case you have not heard every episode of both. My podcast dare to lead and unlocking us are now available for free, exclusively on Spotify. So I want to drop the first of two. Dare to Lead episodes here this week. I'll drop the second one. Next monday I'm really pulling apart unpacking and getting super actionable about the differences between armored leadership and daring leadership. Important to understand because you know the greatest barrier to courage and showing up in a courageous way is not fear, The greatest barrier is armor. How do we self protect? So I will drop this one today and I'll give you the second one next week and then I hope you join us over on Spotify for more data. Lead episodes. Every week we have great conversations really about how do we show up step up?

How do we dare to lead? What are some actionable strategies, What can we do that's practical and real, you can download the Spotify app for free and you can start listening right away. Mm hmm. Yeah. Yeah. Mhm Hi everyone, I'm Renee brown and this is dear to lead. So part one of a two part special. Just me and I want us to talk about armor. I want us to talk about the ways in which we self protect when we feel backed into a corner, when we feel afraid when we feel anxious, nervous out of depth. What do we do to self protect? And the reason why this is so important is really the big finding of the leadership research which is it's not fear that gets in the way of during leadership its armor. The greatest barrier to being brave is the armor we throw up when we are feeling less than so.

One of the things that's really interesting is we have taken Around 40,000 people through Dare to lead since the book came out in 2018. So we have an entire team of certified dearly facilitators all over the world working. I think we've done work on every continent. These are folks who are leadership and organizational development specialist, that's their training, that's their education and then they're trained and certified in our work. So collectively again, tens of thousands of folks have gone through the work and I'm starting to really learn and understand a lot from the evaluation data we're getting back so here's what we're gonna do. I'm gonna read a little bit to you from Dare to lead and then I'm going to share some new information, some new research we have on these elements of daring leadership. What does the armored leadership version look like? And what does the daring leadership version look like and why is it true that people want to use the kind of armoured versus during leadership as a checklist but it's not, it's a continuum and sometimes we slide, we slide based on the day we slide based on the situation, we slide based on what the trigger is. So let me start. I'm going to read a little bit to you from the beginning of section three and dare to lead and then we're going to jump into daring versus armored leadership and I'm going to walk you through some very specific types of armor. I start this section with a really, I think a beautiful quote from Minuti Shafiq, who was at the time the director of the London School of Economics Monash wrote in the past, jobs were about muscles. Now they're about brains, but in the future there will be about the heart.

So I have a 13 year old son who is actually now 15. But I write I have a 13 year old son, which means I've seen every spy thriller and marvel movie ever made. Black panther and Guardians of the Galaxy at least three times. We can add to that now. Like in game 2700 times When I think about how and why we self protect against vulnerability. I picture these movie scenes where even after penetrating the heavily fortified perimeter, you find that there are 10 more obstacles to navigate to get to the treasure. You've got the infrared security beams, floors that drop underneath you hidden traps, fake contact lenses to get you past the retina scan. I mean you don't need to be a marvel watcher to know these. I always think of Raiders of the lost ark to try to get to this totem this artifact. There's all these things you have to get past. And it's so funny because in all of these movies, after all, the herculean power moves the camera zooms in and shows us this little small assuming thing like a stone, an endgame that holds within it all the power in the world, some kind of elixir or it grants us immortality. So at the center of all of our personal security measures and protection schemes, all the ways that we set up our own traps therein lies the most precious treasure of the human experience, our heart.

So in addition to serving as the life giving muzzle that keeps our blood pumping through our body, it's the universal metaphor for our capacity to love and be loved. And it is also the gateway at least symbolically to our emotional lives. And what I think is interesting is I've always talked about living with an unarmored heart. I've always described that as a whole heartedness and the gifts of imperfection. I defined whole heartedness as engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness, cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and thank you know what, no matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I'm enough. It's going to bed at night and thinking, yeah, I'm imperfect, this was a shit show. I'm vulnerable. I was afraid a lot today. But that doesn't change the truth that I am brave and I'm also worthy of love and belonging. I think whole heartedness captures the essence of a fully examined emotional life in a liberated heart. One that's free and vulnerable enough to love and be loved in a heart that's also for better or worse, open and vulnerable enough to be broken and hurt and therein lies the rub of vulnerability, right? So I think rather than protecting and hiding our heart behind bulletproof glass, whole heartedness is about integration.

It's integrating our thinking or feeling our behavior, it's putting down the armor and bringing forth all of the scraggly misshapen pieces of our lives, our history, all the different roles we play, that we like to keep compartmentalized and separated, which literally takes more energy than we can even imagine and absolutely doesn't work most of the time it leaves us feeling exhausted, were torn because the truth is that we're complex, messy, awesome whole people. I love the fact that the latin root of the word integrate is integral, hurry to make hole. You know when we think about work, we pay a lot of lip service to this idea of bringing our whole selves to work. But I have to say the number of organizations that I've really have been in and gotten to know the ones that really allow people to bring their whole selves to work are pretty few and far between. I don't see a lot of meaningful actionable support for integration and whole heartedness. The slogan is easy, bring your whole self to work. The support and the systems that you have to put in place in order to allow people to do that. And the stuff that you have to interrogate in your culture from racism and sexism and all kinds of systems in place that privilege some people over others to attaching people's self worth to what they produce. I mean, you have to really have an introspective culture and leaders that model what they want to see for sure there are companies that embrace all heartedness. But what I often see is that many organizational cultures and leaders still subscribe to the myth that if we serve the heart, if we allow the heart to be open, it's messy and hard. And if we sever the heart meaning we cut off vulnerability and other emotions from our work were more productive, efficient And don't forget the big one, easier to manage or at the very least were less messy and less human. And I think it's this belief that rather than serving the heart, we sever the heart that leads us to consciously or unconsciously building cultures that require and reward armor in teams and organizations were hard and emotion are seen as liabilities where vulnerability is a liability.

The culture are in some case individual leaders strike a bargain kind of with our egos, we lock everything away and we start to reward perfectionism, emotional stoicism, false, compartmentalizing. We want to try to keep things easy and comfortable instead of embracing the necessary, tough and awkward conversations, we start to value knowing over learning and being curious. Yeah, here's the deal y'all. When we imprison the heart, we kill courage, let me say that again. When we imprison the heart, are we sever the heart? We kill courage in the same way that we depend on our physical heart to pump life, giving blood to every part of our body. We depend on our emotional heart to keep vulnerability coursing through the veins of courage and to engage in all the behaviors we talk about being necessary for good work, trust, innovation, creativity, accountability. So severed heart, severed courage, imprisoned heart, suffocated courage. There just is no courage without vulnerability and without emotion. And so we become disembodied from our emotions to the point where we really don't even recognize them. We don't understand the physical feeling in our body when we're in a motion. If you listen to the podcast with Susan David, which was I just think such a remarkable conversation.

I loved it so much when we don't attend to emotions, they metastasize and they grow. And so when we're disembodied from our emotions and we can't recognize them, We don't feel them. They grow and grow and grow and take over. On the other hand, when the heart is open and free. And we're connected to our emotions and understand what they're telling us completely new worlds open up for us, including better decision making, better, critical thinking, empathy. Self compassion, resilience, team building, trust, psychological safety. Our ego is an eager and willing conspirator when it comes to locking away the heart. I always think of my ego as the inner hustler. It's that voice in my head that drives let's pretend perform perfect. Please prove the ego loves the gold stars, craves acceptance and approval. It's got no interest in whole heartedness. Just self protection and admiration.

And our ego will do almost anything to avoid or minimize the discomfort associated with feeling vulnerable or even being curious because curiosity, which we know the future is all about curiosity. Curiosity is risky. If I ask questions. If I don't understand if I need to learn more, what will people think? What if I lean into learning something about myself or what's going on here and it's unpleasant or uncomfortable and now because I understand it, I have to do something about it. But the ego, while powerful and demanding is also just a tiny part of who we are the hardest giant by comparison and it's free and its wisdom can drown out the smallness of needing to be liked and needing to seek approval. I love Union analyst Jim Hollis describes the ego as that thin wafer of consciousness floating on an iridescent ocean called the soul. I mean, it's such a great quote, he says we're not here to fit in be well balanced or provide example for others. Were here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange and perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves to the great mosaic of being as the gods intended. We are here to become more and more ourselves. So protecting our ego and fitting in is why we reach for armor in situations where we think being liked or respected is at risk because we might be wrong or not have all the answers. We may be in over our heads.

We may not look smart enough. We also go on lockdown when our emotions can be perceived by others in a way that we can't manage our control, which is kind of a fool's errand to try to manage perception right? But I think we struggle with, I'm honest about how I'm feeling. Will I be misunderstood judge seen as weak? Well, my vulnerability changed the way you think of me. Yeah, let's go through some of the most common forms of armored leadership and daring leadership and the indicator behaviors that ladder up to the armor and self protection and the daring adventure of taking the armor off and replacing it with grounded confidence. I'm not saying take the armor off and be naked. I'm saying take the armor off and replace it with grounded confidence. Grounded confidence is about the willingness to be invulnerability to be curious and to practice new ways of being that are awkward sometimes, but we all know what grounded confidence looks like and feels like in ourselves and other people and that's what we want. So let's look at a few of the big common ones. So in this episode I want to take on three or four of the most common types of armor I see in organizations, in teams and myself everywhere you look, if you're looking for it, you'll see it. I want to talk about being a no er and being right versus being a learner and getting it right.

I want to talk about tapping out of hard conversations versus leaning into vulnerability and skilling up for hard conversations and I want to talk about using shame and blame to manage others and to manage ourselves versus leading ourselves and others from a place of empathy, accountability and learning, we'll do this in this episode and then in part two we'll dig into some other real specifics around armored versus during leadership. So let's start with armored leadership being a no er and being right versus daring, leadership, being a learner and getting it right in a culture and within ourselves where there is armor around being in no er and being right, not knowing is perceived as weakness. Let me give you some very tactical examples here. This is where when you have a new employee and this is so helpful, especially with young folks who are new to a work environment where someone says in a meeting, like I really don't understand, Can you walk me through how this process is gonna work again and you're watching to make sure that that's received well that people are willing to explain because if you are the leader in there and that's not the case, then you've set up something that's armored and not daring. But afterwards you want to pull that person aside and say, look, I just want to make sure that you hear from me that stopping a meeting and saying, I don't understand, can you explain that process to me again? Is daring. Leadership. That is what I want to see from people at every level. That's what I want to see from myself. So I just want to say thank you for being brave in that meeting. Conversely, sometimes we have to say to folks when we're coaching them, what I like for you to do, especially if we've got people who place a lot of emphasis on knowing and are doing more knowing than they are learning and they're not right. We're going to go into a meeting with Ops today and we're going to go over this complex process for setting up I don't know something new and I want to challenge you to ask questions in this meeting.

I want you to give pause when you think you have the answer and I want you let someone else answer and I want you to ask smart questions Well why why if I know the answer because I want us to work on some new skill building. I want us to tap into a muscle that I think needs some developing which is asking strategic questions especially cause a lot of folks myself included who have some noah tendencies want to move up, we want to lead and what we don't understand is the best, most transformational leaders do not have answers. They have just stunning. I mean breathtaking questions. That's where their strategic thinking capacity is revealed, that's where their ability to work and understand and break apart conceptually complex ideas shines and so we can give coaching and feedback like that. Another indicator and this is a hard one and I've lived through this of armored leadership is when being a nowhere and being right is you being used as armor. We can buy into the belief that knowing is the only value we bring. And so if I'm not in there knowing what's my value, the daring leadership response to that is we operate from the belief that leaders don't have all the answers but ask the right questions So again there is the supporting, I don't understand but there's also the supporting of pulling someone aside and saying when you asked the group if we thought we'd see improvement if we made these three changes And to what degree that was one of the best questions I've heard asked in a long time in a meeting like this the other day actually this is true story. I was in a meeting and we were like freaking 90 minutes into this thing it was hard as hell. It was just a big rumble and you would think because this is part of my work that we would remember to do this. But alas we are humans and to research leadership is easier than to practice it. Someone finally said, you know what?

I know we're into this like an hour and a half and I know that the tensions kind of high in here but I'm actually not clear on what problem we're trying to solve. Great question. And then I said before we answer it to kind of hold for the halo effect on the bandwagon effect meaning if I go first, I've got the most influence in the room because it's my company or everyone jumps on the back like let's get a sticky note and I want everyone to write down what problem we think we're solving right now. And when we flip those suckers over there were I think six of us in the room, five of us had different ideas about what problem we were trying to solve. So again framing curiosity, framing strategic questions. Suzanne is our chief operating officer and I just love her in meetings because she asked all the right questions all the time and that's her superpower. But again, when you've got the armored leadership of bognor, bognor b right b noor we think that's where the value is and I've seldom seen the value and only answers. Yeah. One last indicator I think around the armored approach of being a no er is asking for help is perceived as weakness. God bless. That is so dangerous in daring leadership, asking for help is normalized and expected at all levels. So one of the things I want to share with you is very early on in the Dare to lead research.

Before the book came out, I was doing some work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and we started kind of at that point an informal survey which then became more formal survey research. What are the behaviors your direct reports engage in that make you trust them more. So what are the things specifically behaviorally that your direct reports are doing that make you trust them more? So I thought for sure the number one answer would be reliability. Kind of they do what they say, they say what they do. Do you know what number one answer was not only in that informal first survey of Gates Foundation employees but went on with I think we reached over 2000 liters with this overall the number one behavior that people engage in that make leaders trust them more is asking for help and it seems so counterintuitive but think about it as a leader. I am never going to hand off something important to me? I'm never going to delegate it. Hand it off to someone who doesn't ask for help when they get in over their heads, or doesn't ask for help when they're unclear or doesn't ask for help when they think they could probably get it done, but there could be a better way to get it done, I'm just not going to do it. I don't trust people who don't ask for help because the deliverables are shittier in quality and you know, my perception of that actually is if I give you something to do that's really important to me and you don't ask for help, You don't value it as much as I value it and that's problematic. So first kind of form of armor is being a no er and being right versus daring leadership, being a learner and getting it right. The second one, let's look at is armored leadership tapping out of hard conversations, conversations that are awkward and uncomfortable, daring leadership.

We lean into vulnerability and we skill up for hard conversations. What does that mean? Skilling up for hard conversations. There's nothing that pisses me off quicker than when I'm in an organization and really one of the biggest complaints that I hear, which is actually the biggest complaint that I hear in every organization I go into is we're not having hard conversations, were not giving direct feedback, We are tapping out and then I always ask this question, How have you skilled people up to do that. Well what do you mean? How have you taught them to have hard conversations? Well we don't, you just have the hard conversation. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. That's like this is the analogy I always used, that's like a flight attendant coming to me and saying, hey Doctor Brown, we see that you have a million frequent flyer miles on United. We would love for you to land the plane when we get back to Houston. Uh no, I'm not going to do that and before I completely lose my shit, tell me there's someone else that could land it because I can't do that because I have flown a lot. Yes, but that doesn't mean I have the skill to land the plane.

Yeah, I'm at work life is hard, I've known struggle at work personally but doesn't mean I'm skilled up to have hard conversations about it and with new employees and not new employees, but I guess younger employees, millennials, gen z employees, you know, there's been a pretty significant parenting fail around us teaching our kids how to have hard conversations. That's why I just don't buy into the whole millennials, they're not this and they don't do that and oh my God, what's happening with gen Z. I love millennials, I love gen Z. Uh man, I think that they are smart, powerful, curious, brave and I think they got the short end of the stick in a lot of systems and we need to skill folks up. Not just of that generation are those generations but of every generation. So when we look at indicators of tapping out, avoiding conflict and uncomfortable conversations including performance, feedback conversations about race, gender class or other complex subjects, other diminishing systems. We just avoid them when we see daring leadership in a culture, discomfort and vulnerability are normalized and seen as central to good work. So we're skilled up and having tough conversations were like, hey, discomfort is what you're going to experience most days here. So we're gonna skill you up for it. Like we on board for discomfort and failure. We're like welcome to burn a brown education research group. We're glad you're here.

Here's your I. D. Here's your laptop. Here are all the books and we're going to expect you to fail because if all you're gonna do is stuff you're already good at doing. We're not really interested in that. So you're gonna have to learn new things, Try new things, mess up, screw up, drop the ball. And so here's how we'll expect you to get back up when that happens here are the systems in place and we have a lot of hard conversations every single day. We're going to school you up for those. Don't ask people to have hard conversations if you're not investing in their skilling up of those. Another indicator of armored leadership around tapping out of hard conversations. We talk about people rather than directly to them concerning hard topics or feedback armored leadership. We talked to people not about people.

We give and receive feedback in ways that align with our values and the organization's values. And so one of the most helpful things I was thinking about doing this as a podcast episode is maybe me and my sisters or something or maybe in a couple of my coworkers going through the values exercise with y'all and showing you how incredibly important irreducible prerequisite it is for receiving and giving feedback if you're not clear on your values, it's very hard to stay in them when you're hearing hard feedback especially from someone not skilled up which happens all the time. Like from the time we're born. Sorry mom and dad, but from the time we're born we get feedback from people who are not really good at it. Not everybody. Some people are skilled but a whole bunch of people are not another indicator light for armored leadership around tapping out of hard conversations, kind and honest are often thought of as mutually exclusive versus daring leadership where we believe in model that clear on his conversations are kind and valued. Have you shared the feedback with Joaquin about that meeting? No, I don't know what to do. He's such a nice guy and I don't want to be an asshole. And whoa whoa! Where did we learn that? Sharing difficult feedback makes you an asshole actually not sharing that feedback And then watching Joaquin repeat those behaviors and meetings until he loses his job or the respect of his colleagues.

That seems really unkind and this is the world, this is life, right? This is just not work where we think setting boundaries and having hard conversations, we have to listen to the jock jams and get pumped up and then go in and just drive, drive, drive crush people. No crushing people during hard conversations is just evidence of lack of skill. I would hope that even when we fire people here, we do it with kindness and empathy. Does that mean they're not disappointed, angry, shocked, whatever it is? No, and that we're not looking for that. We're not looking for. Hey, you just had this really difficult thing to happen to you. Can you validate that we were really sweet while we were doing it. I mean, you know that's kind of bullshit too. But kindness and empathy and hard conversation, hard feedback. That intersection of those things is where the gold is, there's no mutual exclusivity.

The other thing and this is a really hard one. The last indicator for tapping out of hard conversations versus leading into vulnerability and skilling up for hard conversations is in cultures where there's armored leadership and people tap out of hard conversations, performance and behavioral issues are tolerated and ignored rather than address through difficult feedback versus and daring leadership, we have a strong feedback culture built on respect. Everyone gives feedback, everyone receives it. Everyone values it And that is about normalizing discomfort. I've gone into some cultures that have taken this so far that it is actually become as bad as not giving any feedback. These kind of brutal honesty cultures. Well, if it's brutal, it's not courageous. So in these cultures where I just say what's on my mind like hey, you look awful on that. Hey, this report sucked. It was like done by a third grader. Like no, I mean just just now, but what we do do is normalize discomfort And I used to have a sign in my office when I had an office at the university that said, if you're comfortable, I'm not teaching. If I'm comfortable, you're not learning and God bless America.

We had some uncomfortable classrooms because I taught classes on race and class and gender and women's issues and social welfare policy analysis and research methods and they were hard. Everybody was learning, but no one more than me trust me in these daring leadership cultures, what we want to do is normalize feedback so that it's not unexpected. And what I've noticed in our culture is when people don't get it, they ask for it. They say, hey, I sent the draft of the newsletter. I noticed that what went out was different. I would love to see your track changes so I can learn from that. You know what I made this recommendation, I see that it's not what the final recommendation was. Once it went up to the next team. Can someone walk me through how that shifted and why it shifted So I can learn from that. We also really believe in giving feedback as closely to the time of an event as possible. And so it's not unusual to walk out of a meeting and have someone say to me, hey, it's okay to be pissed off and frustrated. You need to watch rolling your eyes when other people are speaking.

And then I'll say, oh God shit did I do that? They're like, yeah, a couple times. I really appreciate the feedback. I will circle back with the group and then we circle back is just Hey, I want to circle back with y'all, I got some feedback that I was rolling my eyes and I apologize that Bill's diminishing and I think you can stop people from sharing especially when it's coming from me because I know I can be intense. So I apologize and I am committed to changing that behavior full stop. All right. So the last one we're going to talk about is armored leadership, using shame and blame to manage ourselves and others and daring leadership, leading ourselves and others from a place of empathy, accountability and learning. I've done a whole podcast episodes on this. So I would refer you back to those and we'll put a link into the episode page. The thing is that when you've probably heard me say this or you've read it, but when we look for shame in an organization, it's like the termite inspection, right? If you can see shame in walking through an office, you've got a critically urgent problem, a crisis, if you see termites in your house, you know, your infestation is already full in swing and it's You have to bring out some big guns, maybe 10th that thing. It's a disaster.

But a lot of times like termites, the problems are behind the walls for a long time before we see them. And so we have to stay very aware of how shame shows up at work and what happens when we have a blaming culture. So the first thing under armored leadership shaming and blaming to manage ourselves and others is it drives a culture where we try to look work and deliver perfectly so we can self protect against the pain of blame and judgment and shame in a daring leadership organization rather than promoting perfectionism which is kind of this outwardly focused, What will people think? We nurture healthy striving, which is internally focused? How do I want to learn? How do I want to grow, what are my goals? What do I think? And if you're thinking to yourself, wow, maybe little perfectionism is really great and maybe using shame and plane to drive a culture of do everything perfectly is great because then we'll have perfect stuff. No, you'll never have perfect stuff which is just what it means to be human. But worse than that, you'll never have excellent stuff because healthy striving and excellence is driven internally, not by what other people think, secondly, creativity, innovation and new ideas. Kiss them goodbye. No 1's going to be willing to risk that shame and innovation mutually exclusive.

Another common indicator is blame and finger pointing become norms when there are mistakes and failures compared to in a daring leadership culture, we don't use a lot of shame and finger pointing, but we do hold ourselves in each other's accountable in a respectful way and talking about needing to skill up. We do not have the skills culturally in this country around accountability, we just shame the shit out of everyone. We have cancel culture. We literally do not know how to hold ourselves and others accountable, which I will do a podcast on that third indicator light when shaman blame is a leadership style, it's hard to take risks. Try new things. So cynicism and criticism are often more common than making a contribution. So it's too scary to actually contribute and try something new. So we just become cynics and critics versus and daring leadership. We take thoughtful risks and make sincere efforts to achieve goals. We learn from mistakes because it's encouraged and valued. So everyone that works for me, there's probably 30 of us. They would tell you Bernie has a very high tolerance for risk.

She has a high tolerance for failure. Making mistakes, but only if you learn from the failures and mistakes talk openly about them and embed them in the culture so we don't repeat them. Same mistake. Number three. No, I'm not good with that mistake. Number one We thought we learned we embedded in the culture. It happened again. We learned we dug deeper, we talked more openly about it. Everyone talked about it. We rumbled on it. I'm proud of us. Last indicator.

Light people are reluctant to speak up because they fear being ridiculed or belittled and in an armored leadership environment where we use shame and blame. People are afraid. Fear is the currency and daring. Leadership. Empathy and self compassion are taught modeled and expected. Not only do we treat each other with empathy and compassion. People watch us model it. They'll see we're in a meeting, there's been a big failure. Everyone is anxious and nervous no matter how kind of open hearted and during leadership we are, people are still scared and people are worried and they'll see me. They look to me to see the tone often and sometimes I'll say let's start with the intention. An assumption of generosity that we are not here to beat ourselves up. We're not here to beat each other up.

We're here to learn and we're going to start from the place where we're smart, we do great work and we made a mistake and that mistake is because we're human. And the fact that we're talking about it openly is because we're brave. Let's get started. But when people watch us beat ourselves up, then a they expect us to beat them up and be they think that's the right thing to do. So that's how they respond. All right, part two, we'll talk more about armored versus daring leadership and kind of your challenge between this week and next week is too think about how and when you armor up, we all use armor to protect ourselves, but it's heavy and it prevents us from growing being seen being in connection with each other when we're in fear or an emotion is driving self protection. There's often a very predictable pattern of how we assemble our armor piece by piece. You know, a lot of it is like, oh God, I'm not enough. Step two. Oh my God. If I'm honest with them about what's happening, they'll think less of me or maybe they'll even use it against me. Step three.

No way am I going to be honest about what's going on right now? No one else is honest. Why do I have to put myself out there. Step four. Yeah, who cares about these people anyway, I don't see them being honest about what scares them and they've got tons of issues step five, you know what now that I think about it. It's probably their issues in shortcomings that make me act this way. This is their fault. They're trying to blame me the last one. In fact, now that I think about it, I'm pretty much better than everybody else. That's why I often say when we're in that deep feeling of, I'm not enough. We think it's a million miles away to I'm better than everyone else. But when you armor up, you are in the exact same place when you're standing in.

I'm not enough as you are when you're standing in. I'm better than everyone else. So I want you to start to recognize what situations lead you to armoring up. What does your armoring that process look like body language, words, thoughts, what are your armoring behaviors? I get more and more intense. I often fold my arms across my body. I lean in with a real weird one. I'd lean in that my dad does and both my sisters work for me. They're like, oh no, no ma'am, sit down there like you can't give us the one I dad. So think about when do you armor up? What do you use? And I'll come back next week and we'll go through some more of the armored versus daring leadership indicators and elements in the meantime armor off heart, open grounded, confidence, awkward braving kind dearly podcast is a Spotify original from podcast is hosted by me Burn A Brown produced by maX Cutler Kristen Azevedo, Carly Madden and by weird lucy productions.

Sound designed by christian Azevedo and Andy weights and the music is by the sufferers get out most days. You see, I like walking the bone. It's good for me. Did you tell me well we could go here, take me to the good times. I just got to get out of those days. You see, I like talking to found it's good for me. Could you tell me well we could go take me to the good town summers in Brooklyn within age shaking from the rooftop on MLK. Mhm I really appreciate you listening. I hope you enjoyed the episode. This is just stuff I care so much about because you know, I think who we are is how we lead and self awareness really matters For more dear to lead an unlocking this episodes. You can download the Spotify app for free and start listening today again, both the podcast available for free only on Spotify. Stay awkward, Brave and kind gel Thanks Mhm