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Brené Brown

Brave work. Tough conversations. Whole hearts.

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Dare to Lead by Brené Brown is a leadership book that emphasizes the importance of vulnerability and empathy in the workplace.
It presents research-backed strategies for cultivating trust, resilience, and collaboration in teams, and encourages readers to embrace their humanity as leaders.

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    Begin your leadership journey by reframing your idea of vulnerability.

    Let’s start by asking a bold question: What makes you feel vulnerable? 

    Even though vulnerability is a universal feeling that we all experience, we still sometimes associate it with “weakness” or feeling inadequate. We worry that admitting we don’t know all the answers will make us look stupid.

    So rather than exposing ourselves to others and allowing for moments of genuine connection and problem-solving, we reach out for our “emotional armor,” we put it on, and we create barriers – between us and our coworkers, between us and the challenges we face, between us and our emotions, between us and true moments of understanding and connection with our team.

    Far from being a weakness, practicing real vulnerability is a superpower. It will transform you from a mediocre leader into a great leader. And this is our first key message: being vulnerable is an act of courage. 

    It involves saying what’s on your mind and being honest with yourself and your team. The original word for courage comes from the Latin word cor, or “heart,” and it meant “to speak your mind by telling your heart.”

    Vulnerability is your winning hand. It’s the cornerstone of human innovation and creativity, and it requires you to get open and comfortable with failure. More often than not, you’re going to need to fail multiple times before your team eventually lands on that one idea, that clear “aha” moment, that helps move everything forward. 

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    What is Dare to Lead (Old Version) about?

    Dare to Lead (2018) explores how you can find the inner courage to lead a great team. Drawing on Brown's person experiences as a leadership coach, as well as recent research, these blinks explore how you can harness your emotions, quash your fear of failure, and become a daring leader in an increasingly competitive world.

    Dare to Lead (Old Version) Review

    Dare to Lead (Old Version) by Brené Brown (2018) is a transformative book about embracing vulnerability and developing courageous leadership. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical tools and strategies for leaders to cultivate relationships, foster trust, and navigate uncertainty effectively.
    • The book combines compelling research, personal stories, and insightful case studies, offering a deep understanding of leadership and its challenges.
    • With its thought-provoking ideas and thoughtfully presented concepts, the book engages readers and sparks a desire for personal growth and positive change.

    Best quote from Dare to Lead (Old Version)

    The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, its about the courage to show up when you cant predict or control the outcome.

    —Brené Brown
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    Who should read Dare to Lead (Old Version)?

    • Business psychology buffs seeking new insights
    • Leaders searching for a fresh perspective to connect with their team
    • Anyone trying to build their courage in the workplace

    About the Author

    Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, specializing in courage and empathy research. Her 2012 book, Daring Greatly, was a New York Times best seller. Her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” has over 50 million views and is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks of all time.

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    The main message of Dare to Lead (Old Version) is about embracing vulnerability and courageous leadership.

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    The author of Dare to Lead (Old Version) is Brené Brown.