Anyone can be a leader, including you! Leadership is about mentality and behavior, not titles or salaries. If you're feeling stuck or lacking the motivation to make real progress on your self-improvement goals halfway through the year, this book could be a game changer.

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I recently listened to Brené Brown’s book, Dare to Lead, on Audible. It was an excellent fit for this multipassionate boss babe, and I knew I had to share it with the D20 Theory community!

The title was attractive to me as a manager, a self-proclaimed “ideas person,” and someone who genuinely enjoys effecting positive change in the world around me. One of my goals for this year is to sharpen my leadership skills. My mantra for 2020 is Be Brave—and being a leader certainly takes courage. This book has confirmed some hunches about my strengths and weaknesses as an emerging leader. It has also inspired me to take action to continue growing, and I’m sure it will do the same for you!

A Better Definition of “Leadership”

It may not be surprising that, as a manager, I find the advice in this book on leadership to be very useful. However, I also believe it’s beneficial to anyone who wants to be a stronger team player or effect change regardless of a management title, Board member status, or high-paying salary. I could not have said it better than Brené did herself.

I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.

Brené Brown, Dare to Lead

Her message resonates with me even further because it echoes the D20 Theory value that we should lean into our strengths and embrace the things that make us well-rounded individuals. We need more leaders like that in the world, especially in the current political and social climate.

Key Takeaways

  • Leadership takes courage, empathy, and vulnerability.
  • You cannot lead effectively if you are unclear about your personal values.
  • There are seven behaviors leaders must practice to cultivate trust.

More Brené

Because I know you’ll be eager to read, listen to, and follow Brené’s work…

All the Boss Babe Vibes

You should be feeling ready to conquer the world right about now! Here are four ways to keep the boss babe vibes going.

1) Read the previous Productivity + Mindset blog posts you may have missed.

2) Save the dates for Girls with Goals, the two-part D20 Theory Productivity + Mindset workshop series this Fall (9/13/20 + 11/1/20). We will explore themes like vision journalling, defining mantras, and creating balance in a small-group setting complete with brunch and a local shopping experience. Subscribe to the newsletter, and I’ll make sure you know as soon as tickets are available.

3) Learn more about our Productivity + Mindset coaching program coming this Fall.

4) Treat yourself to this t-shirt with a powerful statement from our favorite screen-printing company, Alley and Rae. Use our link to receive 10% off your order.

Have you read Dare to Lead or other books by Brene? Share your favorite takeaways in the comments! What other leadership books do you recommend for our community?