With every new book this author writes, I am inspired and renewed to keep living a brave and daring life. Dare to Lead is a great culmination of all of her previous work and can be applied in your personal life as well as professional. Just the language alone has helped me tremendously and I appreciate how the author caters to the listener of audiobooks and has download-able PDFs available on her website if you want to further study and apply the wisdom shared in it.
She does it again and this time focusing on those professional fears we have every day. This book will most likely help you see things in a different and better way. She does a great job adding a couple personal notes that aren’t in the book. It’s not in addition, just clearly guiding focus on what would be easier to read on paper. Overall I recommend this to anyone in any walk of life, especially those in school or work. If the word perfect is in your vocabulary, this book is for you.
love brene brown, her insight into shame and vulnerability is really moving. loved the way she applied these concepts to becoming a great leader no matter the circumstances. love her and would definitely recommend this.
Yes, you've heard parts of this book before, but it's here in a new context. Easy listen, and the best of who Brene is shines through. I bought the paper copy after finishing the audiobook and plan on both reading and listening again. The Ham Folderver Debacle alone is worth twice the price of the book.
This is the most heartfelt and practical book on leadership I've encountered. It's worth a second listen and then a third. There are pieces you can apply today whether you are currently in a leadership role or simply want to show up as your most authentic self in all aspects of life.
As noted in the heading of this review, Brené Brown's work has literally been life-changing for me. Years ago, my wife was reading "Daring Greatly" and as we were working through some life challenges at the time, she said, "I really think you need to read this book." When she confessed that the author was somebody who researched shame and vulnerability, I was like, "No thanks." I was convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that I did not need to read about shame and vulnerability.
After much coaxing, my wife convinced me to begin reading. As I read "Daring Greatly," I honestly couldn't put it down. I quickly ordered "The Gifts of Imperfection" and read through it the following week. I then went back and read it again, s-l-o-w-l-y. I wanted to absorb some of the principles and practices she communicated, reflect on them, and begin putting some of them into practice myself.
As her other books came out, I read through them as well. While I wasn't as drawn to "Rising Strong" or "Braving the Wilderness" as I was to the other two, they still provided me with insights that I have come to really hold onto. Having read, and reread all of her work, I recently had a colleague who came to me and said, "You've really changed a lot over the past few years. What steps have you taken to grow so much?" My answer - "Books by Brené Brown and others ("Emotionally Healthy Spirituality" and "Emotionally Healthy Leadership" by the Scazzero's) have been a Godsend."
With Dare to Lead, Brené takes on work-culture. While many of the same principles have been communicated in her other work, I was thrilled to find some of the best material all compiled together in one book. The material available on the Dare to Lead hub on Brené website made it even better. The workbook and other printouts show that her team doesn't just want to get the information out there, they want to get it out there AND see it put into practice. And for good reason - it needs to be put into practice.
If you haven't read anything by Brené Brown, this is an excellent start. It's a good summary of some of her former work, and her own narration of the book is exceptional.
If you're looking for something outside of work culture, then listen to "The Power of Vulnerability". It's 6, roughly 1-hour sessions that walk through most of the principles she wrote out in "The Gifts of Imperfection." And it's gold.
Of the many, many non-fiction books I've read over the past 20 years of my life, Brené's books are seriously at the top of my list. She's done very important research on topics nobody else wants to talk about and the results give us input as to why we need to be talking about these things.
Seriously, if you're still reading this, pick up Dare to Lead (or Power of Vulnerability) asap. Listen to it more than once. Take notes. Challenge yourself. Put some new skills into practice. It'll change how you see yourself, and how you see others...in the best way possible.
Great book and a good listen. The author does a great job of relaying data and research in a digestible and story-like format. You will laugh together and may even cry together. Highly recommended for anyone, of any level, who is responsible for leading others, personally or professionally.
Just like a favorite music album, I have this audiobook playing on repeat. It's clear that Brene and her team don't just publish these ideas, they practice them. I'm grateful for their hard work and for sharing their findings!