What would you answer the question: “what should change about the way people manage nowadays?”
Brené Brown knows the answer; we need leaders who are more brave and cultures that are more courageous. Avoiding difficult conversations and choosing one’s own convenience over integrity are currently being raised as the two biggest issues. The question of how brave leaders and courageous cultures would then look a lot harder to answer. Brené Brown’s conclusion amounted to 4 crucial skills to achieve courageous leadership;
1) “Sparring” with vulnerability. The invitation to embrace the misery. Being able to listen to the others with equal passion and curiosity. Just the way you would like to be treated yourself.
Sparring = talking about it, no matter how difficult it is.
2) Who you are is how you lead. It is therefore important to know yourself and to love yourself in a healthy way. Hereby being connected to your inner world of feelings is a characteristic.
3) Creating and maintaining trust.
4) Focusing on a psychologically safe climate, so that people feel free to share their creativity and speech.
In short, “Courage must”. Because, our ability to be a courageous leader will never be greater than our ability to be vulnerable.
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