Dare to Lead

Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

by Brené Brown

Number of pages: 320

Publisher: Random House

BBB Library: Leadership

ISBN: 978-0399592522



About the Author

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy.

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Editorial Review

A leader is a person who notices the strengths in others and has enough courage to nurture it and ensure that it grows. Unfortunately, there are not many of these people around nowadays although many have the potential. They just need a push of courage and that is what this summary is offering them. In Brené Brown's book, Dare to Lead, she divided the courage needed into four skill sets that anyone can learn. So, if you are aspiring to be a leader, or if you are already one but want to make sure that you are on the right track, this summary is for you. 

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“Whether you’re leading a movement or a start-up, if you’re trying to change an organizational culture or the world,Dare to Leadwill challenge everything you think you know about brave leadership and give you honest, straightforward, actionable tools for choosing courage over comfort.”

“Brown’s research translates to many fields because it’s about having successful interpersonal — and intrapersonal — relationships. Knowing oneself, having and enforcing boundaries, and recognizing limitations are leadership requirements but also requirements for having fulfilling relationships in general. To paraphrase Brown, we’re all just people. Expect to take notes in the margins of “Dare to Lead.” It’s an absorbingly actionable handbook on creating a space for better work and more fulfilled people. If readers can muster the courage to follow the research, it could create better cultures in our organizations — government included.”

“Brené truly gives it all away inDare to Lead. Courage is a set of teachable skills, and she teaches us exactly how to build those muscles with research, stories, examples, and new language. The future belongs to brave leaders, and she’s written the ultimate playbook for daring leadership.”

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Wisdom to Share

The first hard and humbling lesson? Regardless of the complexity of the concepts, studying leadership is way easier than leading.

I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.

The way to move information from your head to your heart is through your hands.

We have to teach people how to land before they jump.

Living into our values means that we do more than profess our values, we practice them. We walk our talk—we are clear about what we believe and hold important, and we take care that our intentions, words, thoughts, and behaviors align with those beliefs.

We need to trust to be vulnerable, and we need to be vulnerable in order to build trust.

To feel is to be vulnerable. Believing that vulnerability is weakness is believing that feeling is weakness.

Leaders must either invest a reasonable amount of time attending to fears and feelings or squander an unreasonable amount of time trying to manage ineffective and unproductive behavior.

Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love, belonging, and connection.

It’s only when diverse perspectives are included, respected, and valued that we can start to get a full picture of the world, who we serve, what they need, and how to successfully meet people where they are.

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