Daring leadership and creating a culture of courage are beautifully explained in this book by Brené Brown. The concept that vulnerability and failure are essential components to innovation and breakthrough results is explored throughout this genuine digest. Brown turns her findings from multiple studies and thousands of data points into an easy-to-read, inspiring book with practical and down-to-earth tips for the reader. Her passion for this subject truly comes through the pages.
Our world is constantly on the search for bold, daring leaders, but what does it take to be such a leader? It takes the courage to take risks, which inevitably leads us to stub our toes from time to time. It takes celebrating the opportunity to evaluate outcomes as they are – as we hoped, better than we hoped, or not what we hoped. It takes courage to be vulnerable. It takes strength to ask for and accept help.
Long gone are the days when a leader had to be perceived as perfect, bulletproof, all-knowing. Time after time, we see that true leaders – those able to take people to places they otherwise wouldn’t go – are absolutely imperfect. But they factor that into the equation, collaborating with special talents and knowledge banks, making calculated risks, setting up guard rails that prevent catastrophic failure, and learning from what doesn’t work.
Dare to Lead is about “daring greatly and rising strong at work”, and while it is intended for leadership development, it’s important to note that leaders are not just the CEO. Leaders are everywhere, acting in every capacity. In order for organizations to be truly empowered to be at their very best, they need to be a safe place to tell the truth and to make errors. It is when we employ candor that we find true empowerment, and it is when we are forced to dust ourselves off and get back in the game that we find true strength. This is the “Culture of Courage” Ms. Brown refers to.
A workplace culture is a reflection of values and our commitment to them. It must be constantly and consistently nurtured, and vigilantly protected. It’s easy to sit back and talk about corporate values and wanting all to contribute. It’s mindful, brave and daring leadership that brings to life the difficult conversations about such things and make them real.
Readers of this book will learn how vulnerability and courage are inextricably linked, and when applied and combined together can carry a leader through to innovation, inspiration and breakthrough results. This is one of the important principles we work on with our clients, and those who build teams committed to courage and vulnerability have dynamic, evolving and environments resulting in unparalleled outcomes.