Do you want to live and lead with more courage - and be better equipped, to have difficult, but important conversations?

Last week, I read Brené Brown’s latest book Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. Raw, honest - and deeply relatable; it’s a powerful, practical book that I’m enjoying talking about with others.

It's not just for ‘Leaders'.

Brown defines a leader as: “Anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people or processes - and who has the courage to develop that potential.”

That’s many of us.

Courage helps us serve others better - especially when we're willing to invest time in vulnerable conversations - which can save time (and difficulties) later.

An atmosphere of uncertainty, fear, hurt, criticism and mistrust, can make homes, workplaces - and churches, uncomfortable places to be.

It's tempting to 'armour up' with self-protection, think the worst, avoid tough conversations and look for comfort - or a way out.

Courage changes everything

Brené unpacks ‘Courage’ into four skills - the abilities to:

  • Willingly lean into our humanity - including appropriately bounded ‘vulnerability’

  • Get clear on - and live our values

  • Demonstrate uncommon, ‘braving’ trust

  • Rise from adversity

The book offers questions to start conversations well, language to elicit the things we need to hear and pay attention to - and ways to regroup, when things become challenging.

Courage is contagious.

When we show up with courage, the atmosphere changes.

The culture - the ‘air’ we breathe in our organisations, is transformed.

Courage breeds things that promote the renewal of all things:

Clarity, creativity and confidence.

Communication, connection and collaboration.

Courage helps us live and work with more compassion.

And make a greater contribution.

Want to make a difference at work, and need to have a tough conversation?

What might it be important to understand, as you make a start?