Dare To Lead™ is a new leadership program based on Dr. Brené Brown’s latest, best-selling book, Dare To Lead. Dr Brown has spent twenty years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, and recently completed a seven-year study on brave leadership. As she writes:
‘Leadership is not about titles or the corner office. It’s about the willingness to step up, put yourself out there, and lean into courage. The world is desperate for braver leaders. It’s time for all of us to step up.’
The goal of Dare to Lead is to share everything Dr Brown has learned about taking off the armour and showing up as leaders in a skills-based and actionable workshop and playbook. Here are a few of the big ideas that emerged from her research:
01.YOU CAN’T GET TO COURAGE WITHOUT RUMBLING WITH VULNERABILITY. EMBRACE THE SUCK.
Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100% teachable, observable, and measurable. The foundational skill set of courage-building is “rumbling with vulnerability.” Once we have built these rumbling skills, we can move on to the other three skill sets: Living into Our Values, Braving Trust, and Learning to Rise. Our ability to be daring leaders will never be greater than our capacity for vulnerability.
02. SELF-AWARENESS AND SELF-LOVE MATTER. WHO WE ARE IS HOW WE LEAD.
The greatest barrier to courageous leadership is not fear — it’s how we respond to our fear. Our armour — the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that we use to protect ourselves when we aren’t willing and able to rumble with vulnerability — move us out of alignment with our values, corrode trust with our colleagues and teams, and prevent us from being our most courageous selves.
03.COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS.
To scale daring leadership and build courage in teams and organisations, we have to cultivate a culture in which brave work, tough conversations, and whole hearts are the expectation, and armour is not necessary or rewarded. We have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.
About Brené Brown
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.
Brené has spent the past fifteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers; Dare To Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts (2018), Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (2017), Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution (2015), Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), and The Gifts of Imperfection (2010). She is also the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (2007).
Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top four most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 36 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference, where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.
Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children Ellen and Charlie. Further information is available at www.brenebrown.com.