Fitting for the times we are living in… we highly recommend…
Brené Brown; Author of Five #1 New York Times Bestsellers
Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She teaches us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”- Brené Brown
Here’s a look into what her books are all about!
I Thought It Was Just Me
This book shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.
Brown writes, “We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”
Brené Brown’s game-changing New York Times bestseller, The Gifts Of Imperfection has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages and is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in print. Forbes magazine named Gifts one of the “Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life.” Through this self-help classic we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world and helping us to believe we are worthy of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love.
If you’re looking primarily for a book on courage and vulnerability, or you want something that talks about applying “the work” at work – start with Daring Greatly (published in 2012).This book is the culmination of 12 years of groundbreaking social research, across every area of our lives including home, relationships, work, and parenting. It is an invitation to be courageous, to show up and let ourselves be seen, even when there are no guarantees.
This is “I-was-brave-and-got-my-heart-broken-or-my-ass-kicked” book – well, first, thanks for being brave. Courage is contagious even when there are hard endings. It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.
Braving the Wilderness (2017)
Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown again changes the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.
Dare to Lead (2018)
Brown tells us, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”
This book is tactical, actionable, and great for team/group/org reads. There are free downloadable workbooks and tools on her Dare to Lead Hub.
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*Portions of article reprinted from: https://brenebrown.com/blog/2019/04/26/book-read-first/