Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brene Brown


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Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead.

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture that's defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can't do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage to start.

Brené Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to non-profits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies, are asking the same questions:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And, how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme.

Brené writes, ‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.’

What will you learn from this book

  1. Courageous Leadership: Effective leadership requires courage, vulnerability, and authenticity. Leaders should be willing to take risks and have difficult conversations.

  2. Vulnerability as a Strength: Embracing vulnerability is crucial for authentic connections and fostering trust within teams and organizations.

  3. Clear Values and Behaviors: Establishing clear values and demonstrating consistent behaviors aligned with those values are essential for effective leadership.

  4. Empathy and Understanding: Cultivating empathy and understanding towards others' perspectives and experiences contributes to a more inclusive and supportive work environment.

  5. Rumbling with Vulnerability: Encouraging open discussions and "rumbling" with vulnerability helps teams navigate challenging situations and foster trust.

  6. Braving Trust: Building trust involves respecting boundaries, reliability, accountability, vaulting confidentiality, integrity, non-judgment, and generosity in relationships.

  7. Setting Boundaries and Accountability: Effective leaders set clear boundaries, hold themselves and others accountable, and create an environment that supports accountability without blame.

  8. Resilience and Rising Strong: Developing resilience is vital for leaders and teams to bounce back from setbacks, failures, or disappointments, and to learn from these experiences.

  9. Cultivating Creativity and Innovation: Embracing vulnerability and creating a safe space allows for creativity and innovation to flourish within teams and organizations.

  10. Wholehearted Leadership: Leading with a wholehearted approach, integrating vulnerability, empathy, and courage, fosters stronger connections and a more positive work culture.

Language English
ISBN-10 9781785042140
ISBN-13 9781785042140
No of pages 298
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Vermilion
Published Date 11 Oct 2018

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Author : Brene Brown

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