Finding Strength in Vulnerability

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As the manager or tech lead, you're always right, right? But what happens when you're wrong? Will your team do as they're told, too conditioned not to question you, or will they speak up? And what happens when you don't know the answer? Will you feel pressured to give some answer, any answer, even if you're not sure if it's right?

The idea that your manager always knows best is not only a lie that leads to trouble, but it prevents people from sharing really good ideas. To change that, we need to learn how to change the power dynamic between a team and its leaders. We need to empower our teams to think critically and be vocal, and the only way we can do that is to create space.

In this talk, we will explore why we have a hard time being vulnerable, how that can negatively affect your team, and what you can do to change things.

Note: while this talk is technically geared toward tech leads and managers, the idea of conquering our fear of vulnerability and then using that vulnerability to our advantage is applicable to all developers, regardless of level or discipline.