ost of us go through life pretending to be strong, even when we don't feel that way. We do this because we're afraid if we let other people know that we're angry, sad, or unsure that they won't want to be around us. But the truth is we all feel this way from time to time and that's what makes leading with vulnerability so powerful.
When the Thanksgiving dinner dishes were being cleared, I asked Bailey if he had time for a chat, and we walked into another room. He seemed open and receptive to my well-practiced opening line, and soon he was telling me what he enjoyed about getting high. I listened, asked open-ended questions, wanting him to know I was listening.