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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Brené Brown has 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.

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Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

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 with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.

Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:

How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

In this new book, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions of readers have come to expect and love.

Brown 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 book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

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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.

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.


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.



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



Empathy and vulnerability improves emotional intelligence which is so crucial in todays world. World can be a better place to live if these qualities are instilled since childhood.



Being your true authentic self is often very courageous. People consider vulnerability as weakness , so they put a false self on them but you know this doesn’t work for long! Being vulnerable is about trust , it helps in increasing your trust in others. Having a healthy trust in others is also good for your overall health. Yes its scary, you fear the feeling of being judged but the one's who truly care and love you will never push you away instead they will embrace it , this truly leads in strengthening your relationships. Vulnerability is courage! , vulnerability is true strength !❤


Values are more than words, they are something to live by.

Daring leaders who live into their values are never silent about hard things.



I’m Ready To Give Feedback When…

  1. I can sit next to you instead of across from you.
  2. I’m willing to put the problem in front of us rather than between us.
  3. I’m ready to listen, ask questions, and accept that I may not fully understand the issue.
  4. I'm ready to acknowledge what you do well instead of just picking apart your mistakes.
  5. I recognize your strengths and how you can use them to address your challenges.


I’m Ready To Give Feedback When… (cont’d)

  1. I can hold you accountable without shaming or blaming.
  2. I’m open to owning my part.
  3. I can genuinely thank someone for their efforts rather than just criticizing them for their failings.
  4. I can talk about how to resolving these challenges will lead to growth and opportunity.
  5. I can model vulnerability and openness that I expect to see from you.


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