"Sometimes situations in the workplace are very stressful or emotional. Is it okay to cry at work?"
We are wired emotionally — both men and women. As little girls, we are taught to cry as a way to express ourselves. But crying is not a language that the dominant group (white men) understands.
If you need to cry, then cry. Don't, however, make that a default pattern. Don't get the label of not being able to control your emotions. In the right environment, yes, cry. If you're a credible leader with a solid brand, if your people admire you, they'll respond well.
For heaven's sake, the president of the United States wept openly. There is great strength found in emotion. It just has to be channeled in the right and appropriate venues.
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