I have a bit of an ambivalent relationship with Brene Brown. I absolutely Loved her Ted-talk on vulnerability. But when I stumbled on it several years ago, the quote that described me best was:

“And you know how there are people that, when they realize that vulnerability and tenderness are important, that they surrender and walk into it? A: that’s not me, and B: I don’t even hang out with people like that.”

Which might be the reason why I never got through her earlier books – despite my best efforts to try. They were so… feelings oriented.

Dare to Lead is different. No, it’s still plenty vulnerability packed, but it’s no longer philosophy and let’s talk about your insights. It’s powerful, packed with practical advice and a whole bunch of relatable stories. Stories that showcase exactly how to implement courage and vulnerability when it comes to leadership. Stories that show why vulnerability is definitely not fun, but it’s necessary.

Sure, it’s about leadership in the traditional sense of the word (you know, the one where you’re managing a team), but it’s much more than that. It’s about leading a family, leading your clients, leading those around you. It’s about making decisions, even knowing that one day you’re definitely going to screw up. About showing up. About making space for conversations, even those no one enjoys having.

 It won’t turn you into a great leader overnight – and it’s not meant to. But it will give you a full toolbox to practice with, wherever you are.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Pro’s:

+ Packed with practical advice
+ Great storytelling
+ A different perspective on leadership.

Cons:

None that I know.

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