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Dare to Lead

Narrated by: Brené Brown
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
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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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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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No, this book is not new, but...

When someone manages to publish the same bestseller over and over again, barely changing the cover, when someone is capable of overcoming stage fright to the extent that the performance is almost narcissistic and overshadowing the profound truth of the message, when someone manages to become a star by addressing the biggest fears of humanity, then that message must be pretty damn good. Five stars for content, one star for innovation. And three stars for walking the talk.

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A practical

Loved the practical experiences. I kept on going back because there is just so much to take and learn. It is now my reference.

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the good experience.

this book was very good. I experienced several good moments. I propose for many people to read this book.

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The Best

Wonderful book. A life guide. Exceptional book of wisdom and tools. Thankyou so much Brene

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • I. Sertler
  • 01-18-19

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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  • 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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  • Sobriety
  • 07-20-19

Leadership retold

Most inspirational and honest definition of leadership I've heard. And not just leadership in an organizational context.

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  • kiri mitchelmore
  • 06-28-19

love Brene Brown

loved it, Brene brown, makes so much sense.
She gives great advice with humour making it an easy listening.

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  • A Poets HeartTwist
  • 06-24-19

very practical and real.

totally enjoyed it and listened to some chapters twice. already putting it to practise. I'm a new Team Lead and really need practical solutions

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  • Kira Gusakova
  • 06-05-19

enjoyed a lot, listened 2 already

it appealed to me coz of the multinational corporation career pathing- so easy to loose yourself in the a structure that is meant to define each and every one. im a working mom and struggle for "one or the other" is put to reat through relatability , very empowering. Brene is an charismatic presenter, very personable and inspiring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

Just brilliant

I wasn’t sure what to expect - but Brené’s no nonsense authentic approach is so damn relatable. Everyone should read this book - it genuinely sets the frame for brave and genuine leadership. It also made me challenge my own foibles- but in an uplifting way.

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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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 11-03-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

Excellent book!

Very informative and a pleasure to listen to. Brene is an excellent speaker and ensures you understands her point of view and that of others. Worth listening to if you want to learn how to be genuine and free.

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  • Sarah k
  • 07-06-19

the best! highly this book ! loved it

this book was incredible and I learnt so much about myself and what I need to do to be the best leader I can be. Brave, courageous, present, kind. thank you Brene, I am now a very big fan!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-19

Inspiring

Loved hearing her perspectives on vulnerability and unpacking the pitfalls we can all find ourselves in.