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Leadership Series: Vulnerability as a Strength in Leadership (rebroadcast)


"A leader, first and foremost, is human. Only when we have the strength to show our vulnerability can we truly lead."
Simon Sinek

For best-selling authors Brené Brown and Simon Sinek, vulnerability is a leadership strength. Showing vulnerability demands courage, and while this may feel counterintuitive to a traditional understanding of leadership, it can build human connection, authenticity and trust.

The Canada School of Public Service welcomes learners to this interactive session to explore the powerful idea of vulnerability in leadership. Participants will:

  • examine the realities and myths about vulnerability and strength
  • learn the advantages of being vulnerable in a professional work setting
  • discover practical ways to embrace vulnerability and develop as a leader

Learn more about the Leadership Series.


  • Sonia K. Kang
  • Sonia K. Kang, Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management, University of Toronto Mississauga; host of the podcast For the Love of Work


Michael Rutherford, Director, Transferable Skills, Innovation and Skills Development Branch, Canada School of Public Service


Julie Richer Gobuyan, Director, Respectful and Inclusive Workplace, Public Sector Operations and Inclusion Branch, Canada School of Public Service


Donna Achimov, Deputy Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada

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