Notes from “Dare to Lead” by Brené Brown

Dare to Lead is a thought-provoking and relevant book. In it, the author expounds on what she describes as “Daring Leadership” – a style of leading that challenges status-quo, leverages on the contribution and diversity of team members, and requires the leader to be courageous enough to demonstrate vulnerability and human authenticity with colleagues.

The book is more than a leadership book. There is something in it about public speaking, managing “universal” emotions like fear and shame, self-leadership and project management.

This post is not a summary of the book. It is a few of the points that resonated with me while I went through the book. I hope you find them interesting as well.

When you face an audience, think “people, people, people.”

They are only people, typical humans. This will be helpful when one feels nervous before a speech or a presentation.

#publicSpeaking

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing. It’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” – Brené Brown

I once heard that showing up, just showing up is a major step in the right direction.

Brave leaders encourage culture. #diversity

Brené Brown

Feeling fear is not the problem. A true obstacle to great leadership is how we respond to our fears.

Power is the ability to achieve purpose and effect change.

M.L.K. Junior

Once everyone understands their value, we will all stop hustling for worthiness and lean into our gifts.

BrenÉ brown

“Paint done.”

Tell with specificity what you want accomplished. “Painting done” opens to creativity and suggestions from others. It reduces wasted time and frustration.

The next time your manager gives you an ambiguous task, ask them to paint done. You will be surprised by what you will discover.

Cultivate and promote a culture of rest and balance.

There is nothing pretty about burnouts or over-crowded schedules.

I hope that you have an excellent week ahead! ✌🏽💛 😊

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