What emotions define our experiences and what can we do to encourage certain behaviours over others? These are some of the questions that Professor Brené Brown from the University of Houston asks on a daily basis. Her newest research, found in her new book Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. focuses on the question of what makes a courageous leader and what is the future of leadership today.
To answer this question, Brown and her team went around the world interviewing many different types of leaders, from religious leaders to business leaders. Overall, they interviewed about a 150 leaders worldwide. However, she quickly discovered nobody had any idea what made them a good leader, let alone a courageous one.
So she decided to flip the question its head, and instead asked, “Tell me what happens in the absence of courageous leadership?” For this, these leaders had many answers and ideas, showing Brown that we are able to tell much more quickly what something is not. The most unexpected part of these interviews was the conclusion that all of the leaders came to: “the future of leadership is courage.”
Her new book Dare to Lead focuses on what happens in the absence of courage in the business world and looks at ways we can learn to teach courage, not only to ourselves, but also to others. If you want to have innovation and growth within your company, you must begin by having tough conversations, smooth out fears, and move past setbacks.