Training Engineering Graduates: Improve team bonding by embracing vulnerability




In an experiment, a group of students were divided into 2 sets. Each set was given a set of questions to ask each other. One group was given factual questions and other was given questions that required them to open up to each other. The final question of this second set was, “Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find the most disturbing?”

After 45 minutes, researcher asked the participants about the closeness they felt for other members in their group. People belonging to the group that asked personal questions, felt much closer to each other and many of these students formed lasting relationships with each other.


According to Brene Brown,a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, as well as the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, our ability to be vulnerable requires courage and forms the basis for our connection with others, a connection that is critical if we are to inspire others. Every human being has some aspect of his or her personality that they are afraid to reveal. The fear of rejection compels them to do so. In order to fit in society we numb our real selves and change according to the norms of our society. Brene Brown opines that this numbness kills the joy and connection that we are fully capable of and thus hinders our potential in establishing rapport among employees in a group activity.

“Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure and uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. To create is to make something that has never existed before. There’s nothing more vulnerable than that. Adaptability to change is all about vulnerability.”(Brene Brown, TEDtalk).

In HiSpark we encourage to adapt this vulnerability to enhance the leadership qualities and overall personality of our students. To know more, visit .

Neha Vashishtha, Ph.d in Linguistics. She can be
Gaurav Tiwari, Program Owner, HiSpark. He can be reached at