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In her number one New York Times 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 recognizing the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. This is a book 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 organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, 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 program.  

Brené writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this audiobook is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

©2018 Brené Brown (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"With Dare to Lead, Brene brings decades of research to bear in a practical and insightful guide to courageous leadership. This book is a road map for anyone who wants to lead mindfully, live bravely, and dare to lead." (Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, founder, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org)

"Whether you're leading a movement or a start-up, if you're trying to change an organizational culture or the world, Dare to Lead will challenge everything you think you know about brave leadership and give you honest, straightforward, actionable tools for choosing courage over comfort." (Tarana Burke, senior director, Girls for Gender Equity, founder, the Me Too movement)

"Brene truly gives it all away in Dare to Lead. Courage is a set of teachable skills, and she teaches us exactly how to build those muscles with research, stories, examples, and new language. The future belongs to brave leaders, and she's written the ultimate playbook for daring leadership." (Scott Harrison, founder and CEO, charity: water)

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Honestly, the best book for leaders.

Absolutely the best book I have ever read on leadership. The audible is clear and I love that Brené often stops to reiterate what she said because she knows that we are listening not reading. I could throw out every other business book I have and still be successful because of this author and this book.

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Power leveling book for leaders

Outstanding book wrote with a lot of courage and faith. Courage to do and say what is right and faith to see God in everyone. I am absolutely 100% happy with this book and recommending to all of my friends, family and colleagues. If you want to grow as a leader and learn super useful tools to do it properly and learn faster, this is the book for you. Excellent book!

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Great book, keep learning, keep growing

liked the book, Brene did an awesome job, I learnt low your story and be true to yourself

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  • T. Groth
  • Iowa
  • 2018-10-15

Worth the read

Even if you have read her other books, this book is worth a read or listen. Yes, there is some repetition but it’s stuff most of us could use review on. And if you are in a leadership position, the stories and leadership specific context will be especially helpful.

I especially appreciate the audio as Brene is able to not only read with the enthusiasm and talent she shows in her public speaking, but also edits appropriately for audio in certain areas. Also I appreciate that a workbook and other resources are available on her website for items better in print, so while I still my buy the book in print at some point, I do not need to simply to use these items.

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  • 2018-10-11

Similar, but insightful nonetheless

As with any Brene Brown book, this book is full of wisdom and insights. IMO, Brene Brown is one of the most articulate writers and makes complex/ abstract ideas practical and easy to understand, and it really shines in this book.

I took off one star because if you have read any of her books before, this one will have a general brush of deja vu, as there is a lot of rehash from her other books. I was mostly disappointed in the last part, which felt pretty much copy and paste from “Rising Strong”.

That being said, moving forward I think I will return to this book the most out of her books, as it is a great synthesis of all her ideas. Even if you’ve read her work before, still highly recommend :)

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  • Kelly
  • 2018-10-12

If you have read her other books you have read it

Same content as all her other books. It would be nice for her to write with new content and new examples.

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  • Haily
  • 2018-10-19

Meh

I was looking forward to this book- having read all of her other books. Brene Brown is queen, I mean no disrespect, but this book was disappointing to me. It was incredibly redundant. Most of the stories shared & things shared here I've heard from her before. I wasn't a fan.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-14

VERY fulfilling and resonant audiobook

Loved hearing Brené’s authentic voice in this audiobook reading. She is a powerful writer and down-to-earth speaker. Highly recommend for anyone with a long commute to and from work, as you will get a chance to reflect on and put into practice the skills and exercises in this book in a way that will directly impact your experience at work!

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  • Sheila Wiley
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  • 2018-10-13

Listen over and over

Brene brings straight hard answers to how to live aware. I am so very grateful for her work and that she brings these audiobooks to us herself.

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  • Eric Tivers
  • 2018-10-15

Brené for President

I feel like this is the book that all entrepreneurs, business leaders, and politicians should read or listen to. I will definitely be listening to this again. There are so many good things in here.

Thank you Brené for being such a wonderful teacher and story teller.

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  • Liana MerKitty
  • 2018-10-11

Another insightful and amazing book

I need to buy the physical book to underline and take note all of her important points. Another incredible book that has shaped and changed my mind.

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  • Lisa
  • 2018-10-22

Brene delivers again!

Brene has once again helped me on my leadership journey and with my desire to love a whole hearted life! I will return to this often as I implement the teachings into my business culture and personal life! Hearing her read the book just adds so much depth to the content! You can hear how she speaks from her heart!! Thank you for the work you do!!!

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  • joshua seymour
  • 2018-10-22

Rationale application of pink manual knowledge!

I'm thrilled Dr. Brown chose to narrate dare to lead herself. Her reading better encapsulated her work, as only she can express the true emotions intended in her voice.

The information she provided in the first couple chapters of the book is new too her application of grounded research data analysis. I specifically appreciate the section she discussed the pushback whole hearted individuals encounter attempting to make changes in life and work in the interest of ethics.

In my humble opinion this is a far better audible audio book than those she has released in the past. this book does a decent job of compiling her teachings, provides new resources (value identification) and offers the listener a new perspective (that of a leader).

The part that makes me wince a little is her frequent reference to the me too (##PurposelyLeftOut) movement (this did not resonate with me). The book could be interpreted as having a little us and them dialogue regarding society today (ironically she also discussed how Bill and Melinda Gates have found her works useful in their own lives).

The best resource of Dr. Brene Brown's teachings is found in the audio speech audiobook The Power of vulnerability (probably didn't sell supper great bc of the use of the word vulnerable. Could have been worse though had she used the word shame 😋). In the power of vulnerability speech Dr. Brene Brown presents a comprehensive compulation of her work.

I'm not sure if Dr. Brown has successfully started a global conversation on the subject of shame. However, it is clear to me she started a conversation in my community on the subject of vulnerability .