Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
By Brené Brown
Random House, 2018. 320 pages Nonfiction.

Brené Brown is best known for her research on vulnerability, shame, and setting good boundaries. She brings this research to the board room in this version of Daring Greatly for managers. For Brown, leadership is about seeing an employee as a whole person, not just a list of statistics or a series of bottom lines. The job of a leader is to help each whole person to reach their potential and to build teams that function as teams, not as separate individuals with different agendas. Leadership is about having difficult conversations, stepping up with courage and curiosity when something goes wrong, and having compassion. But daring leadership in a culture of scarcity and manipulation and fear is difficult. That's where courage comes in again.

Though this book focuses on businesses specifically, it is also a culmination of all of her books and practices. What is compelling is that Brown writes about her own mistakes as a leader and CEO and shows how she has to rumble every day with her team over issues that could eventually bring them down if not addressed. I found myself thinking about my own leadership skills and how I interact with my coworkers and leaders. It was a very introspective read with lots of applicable information and resources.


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