Dare To Lead debunks popular workplace myths and demonstrates that effective leadership involves nothing more than vulnerability, values, trust, and resilience. Best-selling author Brené Brown illuminates false leadership behaviors in her book Dare To Lead. Her purpose is to assist you in assuming leadership and taking charge, not in spite of, but because of all of these misguided societal beliefs.
You can't be brave until you're willing to be vulnerable. Brown's job as a researcher has allowed her to speak with thousands of leaders. Even the most adamant of them eventually agreed that acts of bravery were always accompanied by a sense of vulnerability. In reality, whenever we choose courage, we are also choosing vulnerability. Because that is exactly what courage entails: taking action in the face of fear, uncertainty, and possible danger. That's why Brown insists that vulnerability isn't synonymous with weakness. It is, in fact, a show of power.
To persevere in the face of adversity, focus on two essential values. Having clarity about your values is one thing Brown identified as extremely advantageous to excellent leadership. Values are the human principles that we hold most dear in our life. Courage, freedom, justice, kindness, discipline, family, and honesty are examples of values. People who understand their principles are better able to deal with misfortune. They have the option of allowing their ideals to lead them. They're something to cling to in the face of adversity. They enable you to remain resilient and do what needs to be done. While establishing a list of your values is a simple activity, Brené cautions that it is not without risk. Concentrate on only two of your values if you truly want them to lead you. When you prioritize two ideals above all others, you'll have a definite ideal to fall back on when things go rough. It's simple to list 15 wonderful ideals, but if you persuade yourself that they are all important, you'll prioritize none of them.
Remember the acronym BRAVING to build trust in all of your interactions. We all consider ourselves to be trustworthy people, but we only confide in a tiny group of people. Someone needs to set a lower bar. When it comes to trust, we can all set the bar lower. Brown has put together a list of seven behaviors that can help us build more trust in our interpersonal relationships:
● Boundary-setting- A collaborative relationship requires both parties to understand and respect each other's boundaries.
● Reliability- What good is it if we can't count on others to uphold their promises?
● Accountability- It's natural to make mistakes. But it's not when it keeps happening and is swept under the rug.
● Vault-closing- Information is protected by the trust. I won't compromise your secrecy if you don't break mine.
● Integrity- Never compromise your core two values, no matter what they are.
● Non-judgement- When judgment is replaced with curiosity, isolation is transformed into connection.
● Generosity- Allow for a lot of flexibility in your interpretations and expectations. Others will always turn to you in this manner.
The initial letter of each word begins with an easy acronym that you may use to remember these behaviors: BRAVING. When you're in a challenging scenario that requires communication, look through these habits to see which one will assist you get back on track.