Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.
When we dare to lead, we donÕt pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We donÕt see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We donÕt avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when itÕs necessary to do good work
But daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that weÕre choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as weÕre scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI canÕt do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.
Four-time #1 New York Times bestselling author BrenŽ Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe.