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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Halliday
  • 03-20-19

Another gold from Bréne Brown

What a wonderful book. Listening to the audio was great - Bréne has a great way of telling a story. So engaging.

A lot of lessons and insights. I’m going to buy the book as it will be one I pick up again and again.

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  • Halimah
  • 03-05-19

I have more hope...

Finished in a few consistent sessions, feeling uplifted and made some changes I'm happier with. I'm a lot kinder to myself during the change process and more balanced. Brené has a way of disarming the ego and advising from a centred place. You feel like she's a companion on the journey rather than someone you don't feel struggles and so can't serve as a realistic example of healthy personal development.

Thanks Brené as usual, very tempted to get the other books on audible now...

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  • Shamart56
  • 02-21-19

Exceptional as always.

Just what we have come to expect from Brene. Insightful and honest overview of how understanding our vulnerability allows us to grow.

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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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  • Alex
  • 02-11-19

Brilliant book for a leader in the 21st century

I have learned how to become and effective communicator by being emotionally aware of how I feel when leading at home or at work.

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  • Nicole Coleman
  • 02-08-19

Great Storytelling

Loved the stories to help make the content real and give perspective! Worth listening to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-19

Wish there was a pdf - difficult to follow without

Good practical guide, wish there was a pdf to go with the audio version. Difficult to follow without visual aids at times e.g. when comparing Daring leadership vs traditional leadership etc.

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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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  • 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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  • Norbert
  • 01-29-19

Lots of empty words

Struggled to understand any takeaways. I listened top most of the book before I gave up.

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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
  • 11-03-18

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
  • 03-20-19

great book.

loved it. now just need to buy the hard copy to have as a reference guude. Looking forward to working through some of these topics with my teams.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-19

Love it.

Love Brene Brown's work. It feels like she is talking directly to me and my vulnerabilities. Easy to remember tools to use when in conversations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-18-19

A book for compassionate leaders

This book is brilliant and from one of the best story tellers I have listened to. Brene really brings you into her world and shows you what this idea of Daring to Lead is all about. If you are after a book that tells you what to do and is very instructional from a leader who's achieved it...go look somewhere else. This book is for people who want to be a part of a bigger story than themselves and who want to display change for others while showing the raw authentic journey that comes with it. Brene you've written another stunning book! I can't wait to listen again 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-19

Absolutely brilliant. Appeals to leaders from all walks

Whether you are a CEO, manager, supervisor, whether you are a mother or father, teacher, partner, or student in this book you will connect to the stories and learnings shared. Brene Brown never fails to impress me, but this book reaches out far and wide and makes it more palatable to pick up for some who “don’t do self help books”

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-19

Brené reads her own masterpiece.

Key life lessons, all in 8-10 hours. This book is a must for not only leaders, but those seeking better quality, braver conversations with anyone in their life. I intend to follow up with the hard copy as an ongoing reference text for life and leadership. Thank you, Brené and co!