Often it is difficult to share our weaknesses with others as it can make us feel very vulnerable. However, I have found it to be worthwhile to open up about myself if it helps another.
A while back, I had the opportunity to facilitate a series of workshops on strengths. I knew the co-facilitator of the workshop to be on the extroverted end of the scale. There of course is nothing wrong with this, but among the participants that would take the workshop, there would be many fellow introverts taking part. I felt that there should be a different point of view represented and I that is why I volunteered to co-facilitate. It was difficult for me to expose my own weaknesses as we discussed strengths in the workshops. Yet, as we had various discussions, I could tell that I was reaching some participants that perhaps my co-facilitator would not have reached.
“To share your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength.”
― Criss Jami
Co-presenting these workshops was a valuable part of my own journey in exploring my introversion, as it is often the teacher that learns the most. During the workshops, by discussing my personal examples, I realized how fixed some of my personality traits were. I came to better understand that my introversion will always be with me. But I also realized that with my introversion, I have some great gifts to offer.
Since this time, I have had many more discussions about introversion and where I am strong. I have been able to help others realize the same about what makes them strong. It can be difficult to share your weakness, as you feel somewhat exposed and vulnerable, but it can help others find their strength and realize that we each have our own gifts.
There may be times when you choose not to share your weakness, as it’s not always beneficial. Just consider that sometimes it is appropriate to help others understand you or themselves.