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?