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Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

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In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brené Brown 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.

Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hol
Published October 11th 2018 by Ebury Digital
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Brene’s gone corporate. The 99% of us who latched onto her as a hardworking mom and smart researcher who thought hard and fought her way through to some amazing, amazingly put insights... well, in my opinion, that lady is gone. In her place is a motivational speaker who is most interested in selling herself as a guru to the 1%, or the slightly larger percentage of those who can afford to expense her to the company account. She’s just rehashing her old stuff and twisting it’s wording slightly to ...more
Min Soo Choi
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
So, I really appreciate Brené Brown. I love her books. I love her cussing (which she does in her talks more than her books) and, most of all, I love her staggering vulnerability and empathy.

Dare To Lead continues her conquest of shame, dysfunction, ego, hate, indifference, and everything else that tries to dehumanize and destroy us every day but now, she focuses her energy on vulnerability in the workplace--a place where most of us spend a significant amount of our lives navigating.

How do we be
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s Brene Brown for your corporate retreat! I was turned off by the management speech, which I thought she said in the beginning she wouldn’t do (the temptation is great). I was also annoyed at the commodification of her vulnerability insights into cute little worlds. “We’re going to rumble with this.” My SFD is... etc. Its sort of what happens to good insights—once they go thru the corporate retreat circus, they come out as weird nouns that can also be verbs and lose their original meaning.

I had a long drive to make this week and couldn't decide between buying this on audio or picking it up in print, and a friend suggested I listen to it on audio, then when it hits in paperback, buy that and mark it up. I think this was a great suggestion, and it was a nice reminder, too, how we pick up different things when we listed, as opposed to when we read in print.

Brown is one of the best thinkers on leadership and confidence, and this book is no different. There are strategies here for bei
Gábor Vészi
I love Brene Brown, her first few books helped me a lot. Maybe I changed or she ran out of interesting new research to share, but I felt that this book
didn’t give me too much. It felt like a reiteration of her previous findings but the examples are more relevant for managers.
هذا هو الكتاب السابع الذي اسمعه للدكتورة والباحثة الاجتماعية، برينية برون.
برون كاتبة محترفة، عندها اسلوب ساحر في سرد نتائج الابحاث بأسلوب ضرب امثلة من حياتها الشخصية والناس من حولها؛ وبقراءتها كتبها بنفسها، تبث في الكتاب الحياة.

هذا الكتاب تكملة للرحلة الممتدة في كتبها المسماة: العيش بذهن متفتح وقلب شغوف... وعلى متن المركبة هذه المرة يرافقها: المدراء والقادة، والموظَف بشكل عام.
Shanique Edwards
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2018
This book combines Brene's (we're friends in my head) previous work and puts it in the context of being a strong, healthy leader. She takes her work on wholehearted living (Gifts of Imperfection), vulnerability & shame (Daring Greatly), the reckoning, rumble & revolution (Rising Strong), assuming the best intent (Braving the Wilderness) and much more and places those principles in an organizational environment. She gives practical advice about what it means to lead wholeheartedly, with v ...more
Charlene Pineda
I love Brené Brown! I didn’t love this book though. It felt like a repackaging of her previous works.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book helped me to try and understand my coworkers and to at least be more empathetic to where they are coming from. I still struggle with emotions in others, vulnerability and being compassionate to feelings I do not understand, but I think reading Brown's books have helped get me on the right path to changing my thought process. I do believe people can change for the better as long as they are willing to put in the work and know they need to grow.

The book also got me to thinking about my
Barnabas Piper
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Great principles. Should’ve been a TED talk or article.
Kris Patrick
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well... now I can name and list my bad leadership habits.

I’m a work in progress, people!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Courage > Comfort.
Feisty Harriet
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this, and immediately listened to it again. Yep, that good. I love Brené's work and research, I have found it so immeasurably helpful and pertinent in my life and my relatioships. This book focuses her work on shame and communication into a workplace arena more than a personal growth and development arena, and I loved thinking about that perspective. In many ways this book reminded me of Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, which I also loved.

I think my biggest mistake was listening to
I liked this but it felt like it petered out a bit toward the end.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the goodreads giveaways. A very informative book on how to take down that armory. We are all vulnerable. it is hard to have confrontations with others or get our feelings out there. Brene' Brown gives good advice on how to get along with co-workers whether if you are a boss or an employee working with others. She offers tools of taking down that shield we can all have to communicate with others.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
With respect to Brené Brown, I could not even finish this book; as the genre goes, it's probably a wonderful work. But I hate this genre of books and don't know why I continue to seek them out with the naïve hope that I might find an exception to the rule. Attempting to read Dare to Lead was a blunt reminder of the reason I never read self-help books.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Brene Brown repeats some of the same content from her previous books, but every time I read her, it is just the thing I needed to hear.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Engaging, easy to listen to, and thought provoking.
I want to live in a world with braver, bolder leaders, and I want to be able to pass that kind of world on to my children, p.4.
Brené Brown holds a doctorate of philosophy in social work from the University of Houston and has spent years researching / teaching different areas in social work such as “Shame, Empathy & Resilience”, “Critical Issues in Political Social Work”, and “Empowerment” to mention only a few. She’s earned several aw
Mehwish Mughal
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last self-help book I read was The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and that was approximately a decade ago. I made a simple decision. I won't do self-help books. Ever. Again. I would be telling lies if I say I have never been curious when people around me have talked about so and so self-help book and its 'greatness' or that I have never picked up self-help books while browsing in bookstores and libraries. The curiosity would be short-lived though. Just reading one page would reinforce my decision t ...more
Brene Brown's "Dare To Lead" takes several discoveries and ideals from Brown's previous books and compiles them into a guide to be successful in business and leadership pursuits. A combination of personal stories, research from a wide variety of fields and concepts, Brown talks about having empathy, being able to rumble within difficult conversations, recognizing shame, being vulnerable, and using these concepts to become more daring leaders. "Courage over Comfort" is emphasized among a number o ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My coworker, who I respect very much, recommended this book to me. I was a little hesitant at first because I think that business books such as this one tend to blame people who are subjected to systemic oppression by insisting that, if they simply change their mindset, or just think positively, they can erase unconscious bias in other people and achieve 100% of their dreams. Most business books take American exceptionalism and its attendant "bootstraps" BS and clumsily try to apply it to every ...more
Angela Mitchell
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Yes, there is a lot of repetitive material from previous books, but that's what I love - she brings it all together. I listened to the audiobook, and while that may make it more challenging to do the work, her personality add so much color to the stories that it is worth it. I'll probably end up buying the book to refer to in the future, as now I'll be able to hear her voice guiding me through.

Everything makes sense, as if you've known it your whole life, but needed someone to articulate it so
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book of 2019! Brené Brown always has something that I need to hear. Comforting, challenging, good, sad. I'll keep practicing!
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book that provides lots of practical language for entering difficult conversations. A must-read for not only leaders but anyone who desires connected, vulnerable relationships.
Carrie Templeton

I’m working on creating a Build the Trainer program and the current training materials just brush on leadership. This book has given me an arsenal of language and activities to increase confidence and competence in leadership and training.

A bit of a culmination of BB’s work so far seen through the scope of developing both self and others. I loved every minute of it.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for anyone in a leadership position and looking to live your values and inspire whole-hearted work. I got it from the library, but I feel a strong need to go buy a copy I can make up with all sorts of aspirational hullabaloo, some of which will become reality.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
Have you ever felt like a book was speaking directly to everything you've always known to be true, but have never had the words for? That's how I felt reading Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. I encountered them at points of my life where I was undergoing changes that felt very brave and scary and vulnerable, and it felt like every word was giving me a hug.

I was really excited to read Dare to Lead, because it's finding me at a time in my life when most of my energy is focused on building and ov
Amy Brown
I pretty much bought this the day it was released and read it straightaway, which I never do. This book is full of wisdom, clear explanations (mostly), good stories, and Brené Brown's readable and relatable voice. In a couple of places it gets a little abstract; I think even clearer explanations would be useful, maybe with bulleted lists.
Definitely not my favorite Brene. This is the corporate version for sure, and lacks the insight and storytelling I most love her work for. A substantial portion of it is also resummarized from her previous books.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: badassery, feels, bidnezz
There are sections that are quite "business-y", but still a TON of great thoughts and advice about the rest of life. SO glad to hear Brene's voice again.
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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 two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wildern
“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.” 9 likes
“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” 6 likes
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