Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (Unabridged)
#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.
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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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After inspiring millions with her message of embracing imperfection, Brené Brown turns her attention to what effective management looks like in today’s turbulent world. Seeking input from a wide range of business leaders, Brown develops a template for excelling in every facet of life. Her warm, personable narration makes us feel like we’re being treated to an extended one-on-one TED Talk. Using her own shortcomings as examples, Brown never pretends that behavioral change is easy—but her call for more empathetic leadership feels incredibly timely and necessary.
Brené Brown is an amazing story teller. She provides studies with candor and relatability. She gives advice that is simple yet profoundly impactful if used correctly.
I only gave it a 4, because if you have read her previous work it is repeated frequently in this book. There was a bit of repetitiveness that I recognized from either Braving The Wilderness, Daring Greatly, or other work.
Excellent read and very insightful! A great addition to my leadership skill set!
Not for me
Thousands of keywords tossed on paper. Preachy. Destroys any competitiveness and promotes “everyone gets a trophy” business.