Vulnerability is a Strength
Here’s one of my favourite stories of #WomenLiftingWomen from my 1st job ~2017.
One of my clients ran an experimental school in a small town in Gujarat and I was asked to understand teachers’ motivations and identify ways to enhance their productivity, morale and confidence.
I drove there with a videographer, interviewed all the 40+ teachers (all women!), Oprah style, for an hour long each! I asked prompts ranging from their personal stories to their apprehensions in bringing their best to work, day in and day out.
Though I had a questionnaire I prepared for reference, I realized the charm of spontaneity is best. I have some amazing memories of laughter, grief and absolute vulnerability, despite being recorded on a camera. I guess that’s also when I personally realized how powerful trust is.
This is one of those moments in my career where I look back and am reminded three things:
- Amplifying women’s voices is crucial.
- Listen like your life depends on it.
- Empathy can be a superpower.