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Dare to Lead

Narrated by: Brené Brown
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How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders? And how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

Written and read by NYT best seller Brené Brown, Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme.

Leadership is not about titles, status and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. This is an audiobook for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference and lead.

When we dare to lead, we don't pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don't see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it and work to align authority and accountability. We don't avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into the vulnerability that’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture that's defined by scarcity, fear and uncertainty requires building courage skills, which are uniquely human. The irony is that we're choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the same time we're scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines can't do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection and courage, to start.

©2018 Brené Brown (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Brene is always good, but this felt like a repeat

Brene is always good and I love that she read the book and delivered it more like a seminar than a straight read, more discourse than lecture. However, having read all her previous books, I felt that this was an amalgamation of her previous books rather than fresh information. I agree that good information is worth repeating but I could have done that by rereading her previous books rather than buying this one. Lots of summaries of previous advice, lists, definitions and actions. So overall I was rather disappointed.

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I wish every Leader would read this book!

This is one of the best books on leadership I have ever read! Brene gets to the very core of what true leadership really is, and she willingly offers great examples from her own life and research
and stories from leaders many of us admire. I am a great admirer of Brene and her important work!

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VERY LITTLE NEW IN HERE

I love Brene's previous work - have gobbled up Power of Vulnerability, Daring Greatly, Gifts of Imperfection - but for those of us seasoned in her work there is little new in here. There is also extensive use of language that doesn't lend itself to an International audience - "rumble" drove me mad!!! In the UK rumble is a noise it is not something you do with a team! Plus other such phrases as "paint done for me" - I get it, but it just doesn't work for me.

I look forward to Brene doing some new research and to her sharing her inspirational insights with us all, rather than rehashing the old stuff under the new guise of Leadership.

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This book will be my bible

I laughed and I cried listening to this immaculate example of how leadership can be. My hope. It becomes the blueprint for every future leader. My promise to myself is to share and practice this learning with my children, friends, colleagues and clients. And sprinkle this magic everywhere I go. My gratitude cup is overflowing today.

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Love love love this book!

Totally awesome book - loved the audio so much and think it was so much better to have Brene Brown as the narrator too - ended up getting the paperback too! Definitely recommend for all Leaders!

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Best one since Shame & Vulnerability. Superb!

Loved this book. Really powerful and useful tools to improve not just leadership skills but life skills and communication. Great content, easy to listen too and well explained skills. Comes with corresponding literature and worksheets which are available from the website. This is my favourite book since her original Shame and vulnerability. A must read! I prefer the listening versions as you hear Brene Brown reading it and it has more depth as her personality warm voice and personality shine through. I would recommend.

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Love Brene 100%

Was soooooo excited to download Brene’s
latest book as have and practiced them all but was, honestly, disappointed as I listened to it. Super tactical - which is very important - however with a title of Dare to Lead, I was hoping for something else. Anyways learnt a few new things so nothing lost but not what I thought it would be xxx

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Great leadership tools

loved this book but also recognise that a lot of the tools are useful within a team that has read the same text and feels the same way about how best to conduct business on a day to day basis. You would need the necessary buy ins for any of this to be effective. For personal growth its a good reflective tool guide as well as behaviour modeling.

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A great book!

I have now ordered a hardcopy version and downloaded the free workbook to start work!

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Fantastic.

This is an inspiring, helpful, powerful and LOL moments kind of book. A great read.

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  • Coen Welsh
  • 04-11-18

In the right place at the right time

This is a book whose time has come. Victor Hugo said: All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

In the current environment with political upheaval, it feels like the old system and structures are being irrevocably changed. In all this, we need leaders to guide us. Having said that I believe people have given up on leaders and often choosing the best from a bad bunch.

This book is truly an idea whose time has come. By being vulnerable and human; leaders can really inspire and motivate others for the tumultuous times that is only just starting.

If nothing else, this book has given me confidence in the processes I use to develop leaders. One part emotional intelligence mixed with two parts bravery plus some practical skills.

I have not read any of her previous books, but I dare you to read this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-19

spectacular

I didn't want to finish this book. It was so moving! Thanks Brené! Your authenticity is remarkable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-20

All books by Berne Brown are a must listen

I love Berne Brown's book and this does not disappoint. In actual fact, it is practical and applicable and there are instantly implementable suggestions for tough conversations.
The material supporting the book is also available on her website.
The narration is so interesting and Berne always makes you feel that its just a one on one tutoring session.
can't recommend book enough.

Word of caution, to get the best out of any of her books, you need to be prepared to walk with her and do the self reflection! it's a messy business :-)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-20

People people people

I definitely identify with the issues of shame and blame, I am one of those kids brought up with an inability to deal with confrontation in a healthy manner and it has effectively destroyed every relationship I've ever had.

I can listen to this over and over, not just because of the practical advice, but the way Brené makes one feel that it is okay to struggle, it is okay to lose your shit and over react, it is not only okay to fail, but to be expected.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-20

Compelling!

Listening to Brené is always a pleasure for me.
Authenticity and courage are my highest values. This book gives me permission and got me excited about being myself at all times, in all my Ministries (at home, at work, everywhere).
I highly recommend.

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  • Wayne Phillips
  • 04-04-20

Need to reread it, lots of info to absorb

It a long process to turn these teaching into practice and part of how we live especially when under pressure. Delivery was great.

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  • Bradley Shaw
  • 24-02-20

Must listen

This is a must listen for anyone in a Leadership position Brene Brown masterfully leads one through a journey of leadership. Daring and most importantly vulnerability.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-02-20

Summary of common sense every leader should have

The amount of research, information, and motivation in this book are phenomenal. I will embrace every aspect of the daring leadership as I go, and will definitely circle back to it one more time. Overall, a great listen. Every minute of it.

Thank you Brené for taking the extra time to narrate this.

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  • samantha corcoran
  • 06-01-20

I will probably listen to it again someday

I really liked the structural way this book approaches often intangible concepts such as empathy and vulnerability among others. It gives memorable tools and techniques that I’ll be applying in my professional and personal life. Not just for managers but for leading yourself through conversations and purpose driven tasks.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-19

Always thought provoking :-)

Awesome!! Really loved this book. Great practical advice, filled with relatable stories, quotes and examples! Felt like Brene was talking directly to me :-)