Dare to Lead is a 2018 book by Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and lifelong social worker. As the name implies, it deals with leadership, the uncertainty and fear involved in it, and the methods through which one can amass the courage to overcome the obstacles in front of them. I have chosen to read this book and introduce it to others for this assignment.
Throughout my work in the past several years, I have demonstrated excellent results and received positive evaluations from my superiors. As a result, recently, I have been promoted to a low-level managerial position and put in charge of a team at my workplace. However, I believe that I have not been performing adequately so far, in large part due to my lack of confidence in making significant decisions.
Dare to Lead explains that many leaders experience the same problems I have, feeling that their responsibilities are more than they can handle. Brown’s (2018) central message is that, instead of denying or avoiding these fears, an excellent leader faces them, maintains their mental health, and amasses the courage to proceed. Through the practical examples provided in the book, I expect to find inspiration for my work and become a better manager.
Concerns over the consequences of one’s decisions are inherent in leadership, as difficulties and dilemmas are unavoidable. However, there are many examples of successful leaders who have made bold choices and led their subordinates to success. Brown’s book is a collection of examples of such leaders and insights gathered over numerous interviews with them. I hope to find ideas there that apply to my situation and teach me valuable lessons.
Brown, B. (2018). Dare to lead. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.