Dare to Lead

Narrated by: Brené Brown
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)

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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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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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spectacular

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

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This story needs a narrator!

I have 5hrs remaining in the book, and I am going to soldier through because the content is brilliant. The pompous know-it-all narration by the author, with over dramatic pauses and random, childish attempts to be tough, or blunt, or funny, is driving me nuts. The ideas are great, Brené doesn’t need to pause for applause after each sentence. Although she is annoying, her message is gold. An independent narrator would not try to oversell the stories.

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Brene does it again

I love her work. in this book she bring research, practical advice, tools, tips and incredible stories bringing her work to life.

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This book could not have presented itself at a more appropriate time for me! Recently I had to be brave and reach for all my courage and it scared the shit outta me and a month later I’m still wading my way through! Thanks to Brené Brown for teaching me to adhere to my moral compass! I loved it!!!

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Feeling comfortable to have uncomfortable conversations.

Just love the insight Brené brings in her books. Clearly an conversation starter on getting to the heart of your team. Enjoyed the personal stories and how easily we can connect with them. Changing the world one Rumble at a time...

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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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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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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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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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  • Lochdog
  • 10-17-18

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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  • Anne
  • 10-14-18

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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  • Mrs Gill White
  • 11-21-18

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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  • Mrs Abbie Broad
  • 11-28-19

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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  • Mrs S Ehsan
  • 09-17-19

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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  • Penny
  • 02-13-19

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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  • Fee Campbell
  • 10-13-18

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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  • Pawel Wiatrowski
  • 10-23-20

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No benefit, no added value just “me,me,me and my story”. Keep drilling on same topic and generalizing....

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  • Giuliana F.
  • 10-21-20

brilliant book

this book is just brilliant. makes you really think not only what kind of leader you are and want to be but also, what kind of person you are and how can you be better at interacting with co workers a d loved ones

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  • Bernice
  • 10-14-20

Simply Brilliant!

I have got to the end of this book and started listening again. There was so much wisdom and knowledge in here. I love Brene and she brings her books alive with stories and great illustrations. She is a wonderful narrator. She is now on Netflix too! Simply brilliant.

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  • Michelle
  • 02-20-19

alright

i have heard most of Brenes audio books so i found this mostly a rerecollection of her books with a professional slant. content is still good etc.. but i definitely struggled with this one i.e took me more than a month to finish.

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  • Fiona Smallwood
  • 04-23-19

She did it again. So simple, so powerful.

I can't tell whether the impact of Brene's writing is amplified by her voice and her story, or if it is just so real and authentic that it would hold up on it's own either way. However, no matter the answer, this book was another game changer for me. It inspired me, validated me, gave me perspective and became woven into my identity. It is nothing short of brilliant. Brene has gifted the world with yet another gem that soothes your soul like a big sister. With her ability to relate and the ability to love herself despite her (self perceived) flaws, is so engaging. Listening to her tell this story is mesmerising but to listen and be able to simultaneously feel her pain/embarrassment/humour/emotion makes it so valuable. Yes, she is Brene Brown - gifted researcher, Author, speaker, mother, daughter, sister, neighbour and wife (plus much more I am sure) and yes, she is also batshit crazy with the BS she lets in to her head sometimes, just like the rest of us. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I wish every workplace person would read it and lay our vulnerability cards on the table for all to see.

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  • Jerome V Clair
  • 11-07-18

Great work on whole hearted leadership

Anyone in a leadership role, in specially leading Millennials needs to read / listen to this. Brene Brown is a treasure, her work is inspirational. Whole hearted performance. Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-18

Incredible and inspiring

Thank you so much for this amazing book and for reading it all out. It is absolutely incredible and I have actionable things I can do

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  • E. Toli
  • 11-02-18

Loved the ideas, insights and strategies.

Will incorporate into my life and relationships. Loved the chapter on confabulation -- "the story I am making is..." such a simple and brilliant way to let someone know that your mind has already begun creating a story and that you'd like to get better understanding and clarity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-19

You would regret not having the printed version

I enjoyed every word, now I need to get the printed book to highlighted all

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  • Kathryn De Jesus
  • 07-25-19

Leadership for every Human.

An amazing resource full of tools, ideas & philosophies for leading & knowing yourself. Although most examples are targeted for the corporate world, every human can transfer & apply these leadership skills into their specific arena. Whether you’re a CEO, small business owner, parent or healer, being a leader is inevitable. Leading well is a choice & skill.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

Emotional

Im a 22 year old dude and the story of you missing your flight made me cry - this book is beautifully spoken and contains great pointers towards becoming a better leader. Loved the realness of Brene

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-25-19

The modern day leaders hand book

This book is amazing! As a leader it’s helped me implement some quick simple strategies to have quick wins with my team and dive into the tough conversations. I’ve actually been able to help a team member re-ignite their love of growth in many areas of life not just work which is a major win for both of us. If you are passionate about people and helping them grow, this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-18

Excellent content and narration

lots of relatable and usable info. I've already started sharing the concepts with colleagues, and recommending the book title to everyone that will listen. I'm looking forward to listening again, to fill in some gaps and get a greater grasp and understanding. I've also bought the hard copy book, and I'm glad to know that extra resources are available online, to help implement the strategies defined within.

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