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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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Janice: o m g. So good!

Listened to this 3x in a row, I’m going in for a 4th. That aaaaamazing!

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I will recommend this to all. It has changed something in me, the outlook is remarkable.

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engaging! inspiring! life changing!

I really enjoyed listening to this book! I am a student that's going to study computer engineering and I look forward to implementing these skills and mind sets into my work and my life. Thank you Brené

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Brilliant work

Deep, meaningful and life changing with relevant stories and examples. I've read this book several times and on each occasion I have learned something new. Brene is funny, wise and beautifully human.

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A mind-blowing mind shift

For any leader, person within a team or leading a team, parent, teacher, community leader, manager, business owner: this is, hands down, the best book you will ever read on being simultaneously vulnerably afraid and experiencing being brave and finding the best outcome. It is real, executable, well narrated and relevant. Your humans will love you for it.

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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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Divine Timing

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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  • 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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  • John P
  • 12-04-20

Terrible listening due to constant ‘rumbling’

Throughout the book there is constant use of the phrase ‘rumbling’ or to ‘rumble’. Makes it unbearable to listen to the content. A total waste of money or a credit as far as I am concerned. How a well respected author falls foul of such a simple oversight is puzzling to me.

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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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  • JGR
  • 06-13-21

Great leadership summary of her work.

I’m a big fan of Brene Brown and read all her work since the gift of imperfection. I really enjoyed Dare to Lead as it puts it in a business context. It’s a good summary, and also a leadership book you can share with people that would shy away from books about shame and vulnerability. Thanks Brene.

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  • Adelina Pavelescu
  • 05-21-21

One of the best books I've listened to.

I enjoyed every bit of it, I love the fact that is read by the author and it's not just a read book, but a conversation Brené is having with the listener.
Now I am looking at courage differently and leadership looks much more fun by the daring to lead rules. I believe it is a must listen for anyone, and especially to leaders, at any level, in any kind of organization.

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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jess
  • 10-27-20

A must read for anyone in leadership or hoping to

This is truly a game changer. I received insights into past roles and developed a new sense of purpose in the current. We are all leaders, I am looking forward to implementing the strategies learnt.

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  • Alyssa Curtayne
  • 09-01-20

Ugh.

Find her arrogant tone hard to listen to and condescending. She's not my person, but may work for others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-19

A wonderful resource for any leader

Filled with great tips and tricks to bring courage and empathy to leadership, I walked away with so many ideas I just can't wait to try out

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