Dare to Lead

Dare to Lead

Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts

eBook - 2018
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

Don’t miss the hourlong Netflix special Brené Brown: The Call to Courage!

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BLOOMBERG

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

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 with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

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

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question: 

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

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399592546
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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LibSandi
Jul 11, 2019

I've often heard Brené Brown cited in other works and this is the first full book of hers I have read. I listened to the audio, which was tricky because this book is full of so many good ideas and research. I've ordered my own personal copy because I know I will be thumbing through its pages for years to come as a reference. It's very true that most of us don't understand our own behaviours because we were never taught how to identify and deal with certain emotions. It is so helpful to benefit from Brown's research on defensive techniques "the armour" and "brave leadership responses" to common challenging behaviours. There are several helpful downloads on the book's accompanying blog and thousands of folks now trained to deliver "Dare to Lead" workshops. Highly recommended, even for those who may not be supervisors, but lead work teams or projects.

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wordsmither
Jun 11, 2019

I have the audio but want to go back and make copies of some of her amazing ideas. Wonderful and inspiring find. Because of this I await a paper copy.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 08, 2019

A very readable leadership book.

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kpelish
Dec 22, 2018

An idealistic, well-written book by Brene Brown (famous on the internet for her TED vulnerability talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability) that promotes leadership qualities in an increasingly connected, changing world. She encourages everyone to assess their built-up armor and develop values-based communications skills, explaining some of the internal pitfalls people may encounter, such as the stories we tell ourselves. For Seattle readers, Melinda Gates is quoted several times. There are some good, concrete teaching examples, but also some self-deprecating humor—perhaps meant as vulnerability--that has the effect of detracting from her advice because it portrays her as scatter-brained rather than as a trained clinician and leadership consultant (her husband keeps her from losing her mind; she simply can't predict how long a project will take; book tour planning runs amok).

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