Dare to Lead

Brené Brown

Dare to Lead



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Dare to Lead is a book by Brené Brown in which she presents the results of years of research on leadership, aimed at finding the necessary qualities to lead in today’s world. For anyone who aspires to lead a successful company, it is time to get rid of the old school authority, control and competition, and replace them with traits such as vulnerability, courage, empathy and trust. The research showed that it is time we take off our emotional armour, and do some in-depth soul-searching, to be able to lead a team and an organisation with courage; and this book shows us how to do just that. 

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Analysis and key concepts


Vulnerability is the cornerstone of brave leadership


Widespread trust is needed to bravely lead any team or company


Courage enables us to face our vulnerability, to live according to our values, to build trust and to be the best versions of ourselves


Shame is the main reason many teams and organisations fail


Empathy is the capacity to connect with others and it is the superpower of courageous leaders


To establish truly courageous leadership, we need to move from shame to empathy


A truly courageous leader knows how to change their attitude and lead with their heart rather than from fear




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Many useful tips to:

  • Fully understand the qualities required of leaders, those of today, and those of the future. 
  • Work on ourselves to become better leaders.
  • Change our behaviour and learn to lead from the heart instead of from fear.

Brené Brown is a professor and researcher at the University of Houston who has devoted the last ten years of her career to the study of courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. She is also the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead. Her TED talk on the power of vulnerability went viral and became one of the most viewed video-talks in the world.

Publishing house:

Random House