I’ve recently done a deep dive into the work of Brené Brown. Brené is a researcher, author and speaker who teaches about whole heartedly daring to live authentically and vulnerably. While that summation might sound a little “new-age”, she applies the tenets of her philosophy quite pragmatically. Her most recent book, Dare to Lead, is geared toward taking her ideas into the workplace. Brené’s thoughts about the skills sets needed to be a great leader are unlike those you may have heard previously. For me, her warm demeanor and funny comments make her TedTalks and interviews an easy listen. For instance, here is how she describes herself:


“The official line: I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. The bottom line: I believe that you have to walk through vulnerability to get to courage, therefore . . . embrace the suck. I try to be grateful every day and my motto right now is “Courage over comfort.” I do NOT believe that cussing and praying are mutually exclusive. And, I absolutely believe that the passing lane is for passing only.”


If you are interested in hearing more – my suggestion is to visit the TED Talk that started it all: “The Power of Vulnerability” from June 2010. https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare


She’s also done a plethora of interviews, articles and podcasts that you can find linked on her website https://brenebrown.com.


In fact, during the process of researching my recommendations, I found out that she’s been a guest on one of my favorite podcasts “Armchair Expert with Dax Sherpard” (LIVE from Austin)! https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1079-armchair-expert-with-dax-28955120/episode/live-from-austin-brene-brown-30052589/


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