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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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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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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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The modern day leaders hand book

This book is amazing! As a leader it’s helped me implement some quick simple strategies to have quick wins with my team and dive into the tough conversations. I’ve actually been able to help a team member re-ignite their love of growth in many areas of life not just work which is a major win for both of us. If you are passionate about people and helping them grow, this is the book for you.

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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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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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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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Leadership that is good

Having a leader that understands the principles of the group/team is paramount. Brene shares how we can overcome hurdles and learn from each other, that every voice counts, that no question is any less important than the last. This is a company i would love to work for. Another great read thank you Brene.

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Masterfully woven together

I have been a long time learner from Brene Brown's work, and this piece is the most practical and masterfully woven one yet. Linking together all the research from throughout the years, it allows first time listeners / readers to have a clear understanding of the journey she has been on, while also gaining practical guidance and talk world support for any type of leadership ; from business, to education, to leading in your family and even day to day relationships. I will be reading this again!

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Love Brene!

I love Brene's work, and this book did not disappoint. Builds on her other works.

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Brilliant book for empowering staff on all levels

Absolutely brilliant! I’ve been using the skills at work even before finishing the book and the levels of trust, communication and staff engagement improve immediately as a result and can’t wait to see where the organisation goes as we implement more and more of these strategies.

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  • Coen Welsh
  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-2019

spectacular

I didn't want to finish this book. It was so moving! Thanks Brené! Your authenticity is remarkable.

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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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  • Penny
  • 13-02-2019

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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  • 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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  • Laura Dix
  • 25-04-2019

life changing, has transformed every relationship

life changing, has transformed every relationship i have into a more positive and fulfilling one

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-2019

The best storyteller

I could listen to Brene all day long, her words make so much sense and she tells the story so well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-04-2019

Insightful, honest and practical advice

Brene has an incredible ability to bring abstract theoretical concepts on soft touchy topics such as vulnerability, values and integrity in to practical, easy to follow advice which both helps you get super clear on your core values and how these values can and should be implemented during everyday working life. 5 Stars!

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  • Halliday
  • 20-03-2019

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
  • 05-03-2019

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
  • 21-02-2019

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.