Organizational Leadership M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Helgerson, Leslie


Studies have shown that most employees want to work for vulnerable and authentic leaders. Many leaders do not want to show their personal side of their lives and what they face as a leader. Some leaders are fearful they will look weak or too emotional if they show their true thoughts and emotions and are willing for others to see them. Vulnerability is taking emotional risks, where people can see who you really are. Leaders have the power to make a positive impact and sometimes want to make decisions without making connections with their employees. Some leaders do not have the capacity to be vulnerable because of their emotions specifically shame. Shame can prevent leader from seeing them elve in a positive light and isolates themselves from their employees. Leaders who are influenced by shame also criticize their employees and find ways to focus on the negative. However, leaders can do the work of understanding their weaknesses and become approachable through their own discovery of their strengths and weaknesses.

Degree Name

Organizational Leadership M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis