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Vulnerability Builds Trust and Engagement

Vulnerability Builds Trust and Engagement

  • Admitting weaknesses or mistakes first signals courage and humanizes leaders. Share experiences honestly to comfort others in doing the same.
  • Disclose trials overcome through resilience. Authenticity fosters empathy and passionate participation. Demonstrate commitment through actions not just policies.
  • Follow through on promises. Talk straight but with compassion. Vulnerability is a daring path to wholehearted leadership.


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Develop Shame Resilience

Develop Shame Resilience

  • Shame corrodes culture and inhibits experimentation. Normalize stumbles by discussing openly, not hiding. Ask for help vulnerably.
  • View failures situational, not identity defining. Separate person from performance.
  • Model healthy boundaries; don't take on undue blame. Restore and reintegrate those demoralized. Focus on learning not perfection. Examine shame triggers and power dynamics.
  • Lead with empathy, self-awareness transforms shame into fuel for growth.


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You either walk inside your story and own it, or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.



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Embrace Discomfort to Dare Greatly

Embrace Discomfort to Dare Greatly

Moving from fear to courage requires discomfort. Lead change boldly despite uncertainty, ambiguity and risk of criticism. Flinching from discomfort maintains status quo. Challenge assumptions and rituals.

Make improvements before forced to. Risk failure for growth. Difficult conversations produce clarity. Stepping outside comfort zones creates progress. Model your convictions. With purpose as the driver, lean into discomfort.

Daring leadership is uncomfortable but transformative.


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Cultivate Diverse Collaborative Teams

  • Seek diversity of thoughts and backgrounds, not just skills. Inclusion sparks originality. Provide psychological safety for all voices.
  • Address biases head on, however uncomfortable. Listen first, speak later. Avoid dominating; make space for introverts too.
  • Clarify misunderstandings with curiosity over defensiveness.


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Align Values with Behaviour

Align Values with Behaviour

  • Espoused values that are incongruent with behaviors breed cynicism. Walk the talk. Make values explicit then live them visibly at all levels, especially under pressure.
  • Challenge misalignment respectfully. Be willing to ruffle feathers. Evaluate policies and processes against values.
  • Review incentives and behaviors periodically. Adopt practices consciously, not from habit.


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Increase Self-Awareness

Increase Self-Awareness

Self-reflection strengthens emotional intelligence to manage reactions productively. Know your tendencies under stress. Get insights from assessment tools. Act self-aware, with consciousness not impulse.

Cultivate mindfulness to witness thoughts non-judgmentally. Own strengths and frailties honestly. Identify triggers and hot buttons. Thank critics; feedback is a gift. Develop humility and avoid defensiveness.


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Rumble with Tough Conversations

Rumble with Tough Conversations

Addressing issues openly, however difficult, clears obstacles and builds trust. Avoid leaving elephants unnamed. Frame problems insightfully. Discuss tensions professionally, not personally. Listen generously before responding. Find common purpose.

Rumors and whispers waste energy; address problems directly. Tolerate ambiguity until clarity emerges. Reset relationships with humility and openness.


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Dare to Lead by Brené Brown provides research-based advice on developing courageous leadership and having transformational conversations in organizations. It focuses on vulnerability, daring greatly, rumbling with tough issues, and living into our values. The book equips readers to foster trust, connect with others authentically, support diversity and overcome shame. Dare to Lead offers actionable strategies to lead bravely, strengthen teams and create thriving workplace cultures.

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