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Brené Brown

Brave work. Tough conversations. Whole hearts.

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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 (New Version) about?

    Dare to Lead (2018) explores how to find the inner courage to lead a great team. Drawing on Brené Brown’s research and experience as a leadership coach, it shows how you can harness your emotions, quash your fear of failure, and become a daring leader in an increasingly competitive world. 

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    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 (New Version)?

    • Business psychology buffs seeking new insights
    • Leaders searching for fresh ways 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 whose work focuses on courage and empathy. Her 2012 book Daring Greatly was a New York Times best seller. Her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” has over 30 million views and is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks of all time.

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