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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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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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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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Candid, interactive, captivating, eye-opening.

This was initial introduction to the author and researcher. I am grateful to have opted for this and can listen to it annually to reflect even deeper than the first time around. Get a pen and pad - ready for revelations.

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Not just for leaders

Found this easy to follow and will implement the strategies in becoming a better person.

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Love it!

As with all her stuff I just immediately want to go back and listen again. Brene is brilliant and this book is insightful, clever and confronting. I highly recommend it for all people regardless of their role in the workplace or life.

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life changing - personally and professionally

life changing - personally and professionally . This will shape the way I engage with others at work and at home

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For all work and management situations

Deliverered in a way I understand why and how to adopt the suggestions. Greatful and more confident as a leader.

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Practical and down to earth

I enjoy the practical and down to earth approach with good life examples. Recommended for all, not just leaders.

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Leading with compassion

I love audible books when authors narrate their own books...and Brene is such a good narrator and story teller. I really appreciated her intertwining her very own personal stories and battles. I recognised many of her struggles as some of my own. A good resource for becoming a better leader through the acceptance of compassion.

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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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  • 04-11-2018

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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  • Pyrochik
  • 30-11-2018

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
  • 14-10-2018

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
  • 17-10-2018

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
  • 13-10-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2018

Came at the right time

My dog walking became more meaningful and I would set of to work energised. Thank you

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  • cathryn
  • 07-12-2018

Dare to lead audiobook

I loved the way Brene pulled everything together in this book and gave so many practical examples and anecdotal experiences to consolidate her word.
I liked how she went over things a couple of times for the audio audience.
For me the last 30minutes were the best - about how in the absence of information we fill in the gaps. It’s so true how much time it takes to undo these stories.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Brene’s work - leader or not - or anyone who is curious about personal development.

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  • S. Leung
  • 05-12-2018

Very good book

Not sure at the start of the book as felt like there was a lot of self advertising at times but there are many useful guidance at the end so overall, it is a very good book.

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  • david
  • 03-12-2018

accessible commentary and advice on leadership.

loved it. commentary based on real world examples and substantial research. for anyone who wants to learn more about Teamwork, communication, management and leadership.

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  • Elley Miller
  • 27-11-2018

A very helpful guide in all areas of life.

I love Brenè's work. It always gently brings awareness and the opportunity to improve the areas in my life and self that hold the key to a meaningful, successful and productive life. I love her story telling and the ideas for making healthy skill sets like actionable personality traits. I would highly recommend this audio book, its lovely to listen to and sticks to the point. It is aimed at how to apply these helpful characteristics in a large business but also covers how to apply it to your own life and relationships. Thank you Brenè

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  • Mrs Gill White
  • 21-11-2018

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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  • anna
  • 20-11-2018

Most common sense leadership book ever !

Brené isn’t afraid to broach and ‘out’ the touchy subjects of uncomfortable emotions. It’s sooooooooo refreshing! In a world where business expects leaders ( who are also humans! ) to show up, suck up, and be stoic no matter what, this is the most powerful book! It uncovers the emotional and psychological patterns that drive behaviours. It’s about time we woke up and respected these emotions, and dropped the shame and cover stories that make us think we need to deny them to be ‘superhuman’. A BRILLIANT READ.