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Dare to Lead

Narrated by: Brené Brown
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Dare to Lead by Brené Brown. 

In her number one NYT best sellers, 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 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. 

Brené Brown spent the past two decades researching the emotions that give meaning to our lives. Over the past seven years, she found that leaders in organisations ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organisations and Fortune 50 companies are asking the same questions: 

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

Dare to Lead answers these questions and gives us actionable strategies and real examples from her new research-based, courage-building programme. 

Brené writes, ‘One of the most important findings of my career is that courage can be taught, developed and measured. Courage is a collection of four skill sets supported by twenty-eight behaviours. All it requires is a commitment to doing bold work, having tough conversations and showing up with our whole hearts. Easy? No. Choosing courage over comfort is not easy. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and work. It's why we're here.’

©2018 Brené Brown (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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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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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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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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overstated book

being self-aware of emotions, and opening yourself to others, without being defensive, will help you to build trust, connect with people, and will make you a better leader. I read much better books re leadership & mindfulness. This is close to the bottom.

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She’s done it again

Literally every word out of this amazing woman’s mouth is gold. I couldn’t recommend her work more highly.

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always nice to hear brene

this is a nice step forward from her previous work, lots of take always for those new to her work. although, many redundancy from previous books...

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So well blended for Working Revolution.

Brené has done it again. Really good work from her and her team to enlighten us that we can have a much healthier and connected dynamic at work.

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Came at the right time

My dog walking became more meaningful and I would set of to work energised. Thank you

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Dare to lead audiobook

I loved the way Brene pulled everything together in this book and gave so many practical examples and anecdotal experiences to consolidate her word.
I liked how she went over things a couple of times for the audio audience.
For me the last 30minutes were the best - about how in the absence of information we fill in the gaps. It’s so true how much time it takes to undo these stories.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Brene’s work - leader or not - or anyone who is curious about personal development.

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Very good book

Not sure at the start of the book as felt like there was a lot of self advertising at times but there are many useful guidance at the end so overall, it is a very good book.

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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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  • Pyrochik
  • 30-11-18

Awesome and so helpful

It was great. I learned so much about myself and leadership. It does repeat some concepts from the other books, but it was helpful as it was in relation to the workplace. I love Brene’s voice too. The workbook that you get from her site was really helpful to. I wish the links o her site were available with the audio book. Having the downloads would be better but I understand why not.