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I first discovered Brené Brown when I saw her TED talk titled The Power of Vulnerability. Which Brown followed up with a TED Talk, Listening to Shame.
So when I started on a leadership course at work, I decided to buy Dare To Lead by Brené Brown. Dare To Lead is about leadership that is vulnerable, values-based, trusting and resilient. The book is split into four parts.
The first and biggest part is Rumbling with Vulnerability. In this section Brown discusses what vulnerability is, why it is important, myths about vulnerability, using courage to drop our armor as leaders, dealing with shame and empathy and curiosity grounded in confidence.
The second part is Living Into Our Values. Values are very important to me, so unsurprisingly this was my favorite part of the book. This section covers what our own values are, what organisational values can be and how to turn values into measurable behaviours. The List of Values activity I completed with some of my colleagues at work and I found it an incredibly useful in terms of learning more about them and what they value. Since I have also contributed to a consultation at work around our organisational values.
The third part of the book is Braving Trust. This section of the book is all about building trust as a leader and recognising how trust is built up gradually over time and can be easily lost.
The fourth part of the book is Learning to Rise which is all about resilience. This part of the book is about recognising emotion within ourselves and others as a leader, being curious about emotions and being self-aware enough to recognise what is going on emotionally for ourselves and others.
Throughout Dare To Lead are many helpful strategies that if implemented would make you a better leader. Including strategies around: having difficult conversations, increasing self-awareness, being aware of the values of ourselves and of the people we lead, being aware of the stories we tell ourselves (that may or may not be true), how to build trust and courage in the people that you lead.
Dare To Lead is written in a way that feels like you’re having a conversation with Brown. She gives examples from her own experience and also asks open questions styled in a coaching method to encourage the reader to think about how these experiences relate to their own life.
About Brené Brown Brené Brown is a Research Professor at the University of Huston, is a Social Worker and delivers talks and training on leadership around innovation, creativity and change. Brown has worked with Pixar (Disney) and Facebook around leadership.
Dare To Lead by Brené Brown is available to buy on Amazon.
It is a good book and it improves as you go through it. However, the author, who is a professor, ought to realise that the use of gutter language, which might be acceptable in the USA, does not enhance her book and limits the book's saleability in other markets. For someone of her level, it is disappointing in that respect.
The best Brene book I've read. Packed full with practical wisdom that you can start applying to your life and team straight away. This is a book for anyone that wants to become a better friend, colleague and manager. The best book on leadership and influencing culture that I've read. One of the few books I've read that I want to buy multiple copies to give away to others!
I have read all of brene brown’s books and did not red this until it was recommended by a coach. There is an online workbook to go with it and it has the potential to be used as a working tool in a team. I have read it for myself and once past some of the language I have learned a great deal about my values, who I M and what I stand for. There is a superb section on trust and what the breaks down into. A worthwhile read.
The idea of being vulnerable at work can be scary but Brene Brown is a great role model in how to do this in a way that feels safe and empowering. A great leadership book which helped me think about my own leadership and how I turn up to work everyday with my peers and those in my team. I feel like I have more courage to have difficult conversations at work and I would recommend this to anyone in a leadership position.
Been wanting to read a Brene Brown book for a while now. Glad I chose this one, as it seems to have the most important messages from her other books included. Reads like a novel, so I read it in a couple of sittings unable to put-down, however need to go back over certain areas as there's so much wisdom in this book!
In this book Brene, gets you to look inside ourselves as leaders, until we understand ourselves, how can we start to understand others? She talks about vulnerability, courage, shame and empathy and how as leaders we need to live with our strengths and weaknesses. None of us are perfect and we have to learn to work with these imperfections and continually learn as we undertake this journey called leadership.