Dare To Lead

Title: Dare To Lead

Recommendation: 8/10


Meant as a practical guide for leaders to implement advice from Daring Greatly, Dare To Lead iterates much of Brené’s previous writing. 

Daring is knowing you will eventually fail and saying “I’m still in.”

Although not perfect, in many ways, this reminds me not just of good leaders, but of good marriages.

– Leaders don’t pretend to have the answers, but stay curious and ask questions. 

– Leaders actively seek out potential in their people to develop.

– Leaders don’t avoid difficult conversations, but know that being clear is kind.

Creating daring, empathetic, and courageous leaders is something worth intentionally pursuing – this book is a step in that direction.


Leaders show courage by showing up for people in pain and not looking away.

You don’t know people until you know their values.

Vulnerability minus boundaries is not vulnerability. It’s confession, manipulation, desperation, or shock and awe, but it’s not vulnerability.

Healthy striving is self-focused: How can I improve? Perfectionism is other-focused: What will people think?

We judge 1) where we are most susceptible to shame 2) people who are doing worse than we are in an area.

People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

Vulnerability is the emotion that we experience during times of uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Can you give me an example of courage in your own life that did not require vulnerability?

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