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Number-one NEW YORK TIMES best seller

Brené Brown has 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 recognizing the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. This is a book 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 organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, 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 program.  

Brené writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this audiobook is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

©2018 Brené Brown (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"With Dare to Lead, Brene brings decades of research to bear in a practical and insightful guide to courageous leadership. This book is a road map for anyone who wants to lead mindfully, live bravely, and dare to lead." (Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, founder, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org)

"Whether you're leading a movement or a start-up, if you're trying to change an organizational culture or the world, Dare to Lead will challenge everything you think you know about brave leadership and give you honest, straightforward, actionable tools for choosing courage over comfort." (Tarana Burke, senior director, Girls for Gender Equity, founder, the Me Too movement)

"Brene truly gives it all away in Dare to Lead. Courage is a set of teachable skills, and she teaches us exactly how to build those muscles with research, stories, examples, and new language. The future belongs to brave leaders, and she's written the ultimate playbook for daring leadership." (Scott Harrison, founder and CEO, charity: water)

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Similar, but insightful nonetheless

As with any Brene Brown book, this book is full of wisdom and insights. IMO, Brene Brown is one of the most articulate writers and makes complex/ abstract ideas practical and easy to understand, and it really shines in this book.

I took off one star because if you have read any of her books before, this one will have a general brush of deja vu, as there is a lot of rehash from her other books. I was mostly disappointed in the last part, which felt pretty much copy and paste from “Rising Strong”.

That being said, moving forward I think I will return to this book the most out of her books, as it is a great synthesis of all her ideas. Even if you’ve read her work before, still highly recommend :)

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Familiar Content Necessarily Reformatted

If you've read at least two of Brené Brown's books, then you may balk at some of the material – at first. You've come across this finding or that analysis in "The Gifts of Imperfection," "Daring Greatly," "Rising Strong," or "Braving the Wilderness." You may be tempted to dwell on your reaction, especially in our current TL;DR culture. But don't dismiss "Dare to Lead" on this impulse.

Early on, she acknowledges that "Dare to Lead" includes findings from her other books. She explains that the idea for "Dare to Lead" rose from feedback given by various leaders who wanted an accessible resource dedicated to leadership. And the book accomplishes this with relevant case studies, timely examples, and helpful side-by-side breakdowns of leadership roadblocks and their antidotes.

Wisdom is not cultivated overnight; neither are self-acceptance and acceptance of others. The latter dynamic of acceptance of both self and others is what underpins much of what Ms. Brown's research. While it's understandable that many of us who've come across her work may hear echoes or overlaps, it's valuable to revisit what (you think) you know about her research in a new light. After all, it takes repeated exposure of any one thing so we can see from a 360º view, much less heady topics like shame and empathy.

In "Dare to Lead," we receive the tools to recognize empowering (professional) leadership and the language to discuss it. You don't have to be in a conventional position of leadership to benefit from this. In fact, it's even more helpful for those of us who are not currently leading a team or organization, or don't have the intention to do so, because we have a bit more distance to see existing toxicity and dysfunction promoted by those at the top. A great team is the sum of everyone and a great leader is actually in service of this sum. "Dare to Lead" is a must-read, or a must-hear in this case, for all professionals.

On performance, it doesn't get any better than Brené Brown. She is masterful in bringing life to her words, a captivating storyteller through and through.

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VERY fulfilling and resonant audiobook

Loved hearing Brené’s authentic voice in this audiobook reading. She is a powerful writer and down-to-earth speaker. Highly recommend for anyone with a long commute to and from work, as you will get a chance to reflect on and put into practice the skills and exercises in this book in a way that will directly impact your experience at work!

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If you have read her other books you have read it

Same content as all her other books. It would be nice for her to write with new content and new examples.

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Worth the read

Even if you have read her other books, this book is worth a read or listen. Yes, there is some repetition but it’s stuff most of us could use review on. And if you are in a leadership position, the stories and leadership specific context will be especially helpful.

I especially appreciate the audio as Brene is able to not only read with the enthusiasm and talent she shows in her public speaking, but also edits appropriately for audio in certain areas. Also I appreciate that a workbook and other resources are available on her website for items better in print, so while I still my buy the book in print at some point, I do not need to simply to use these items.

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Read it, don't listen to it.

The content was great, but I found it very difficult to listen to. Brene is fantastically smart and knows her stuff, but the reading seemed choppy and lacked a flow and rhythm needed in an audio book. I couldn't listen to the whole thing.

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The Best of Brene

Yes, you've heard parts of this book before, but it's here in a new context. Easy listen, and the best of who Brene is shines through. I bought the paper copy after finishing the audiobook and plan on both reading and listening again. The Ham Folderver Debacle alone is worth twice the price of the book.
Recommend downloading the (free) workbook from the Dare to Lead hub before beginning, if you don't buy the paper copy.

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Meh

I was looking forward to this book- having read all of her other books. Brene Brown is queen, I mean no disrespect, but this book was disappointing to me. It was incredibly redundant. Most of the stories shared & things shared here I've heard from her before. I wasn't a fan.

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Another insightful and amazing book

I need to buy the physical book to underline and take note all of her important points. Another incredible book that has shaped and changed my mind.

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Not bad, but couldn’t take the 70% humble brag

Not a bad book, some good points but soooo much longer than needs be due to the amount of humble bragging. Countless times she goes in a tangent “...so I was in the middle of running 6 companies and decided to start anther as welll as run a marathon and become certified trainer.... I am nothing if courageous and brave....” and the personal stories (fold over ham and missing daughters last school event) were hypocritical and inconsistent- if they meant that much to you (where u broke down crying in the airport) don’t put yourself in that situation- seems disingenuous

I have a pet peeve with people who humble brag - drives me crazy. But if you’re not opposed to it, decent book

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