We are all vulnerable. We’re all trying our best – no matter what topic or task we’re working on. It is good to have friends, family & colleagues to support one, but it can also be really nice to have a book that tell’s you it’s OK.

My favourite advice from Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead is to only take criticism from those who do something or create something themselves. It’s easy to criticize, when you’re in the safety of not-doing, but this kind of criticism also lacks the understanding and experience needed for constructive criticism.

In Dare to Lead Brown talks about how to deal with criticism, how to work well in a team, how to get to know yourself better and to admit your strengths and weaknesses.

It’s fun, it’s personal, it’s strong, and it puts a lot of thoughts into words and in order, that otherwise could easily get lost.

Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead is like a reliable, research based friend, who can be consulted again and again, who tells you it will be OK, what you are doing is OK, and that it’s amazing that you’re stepping up to do the work:

“When the heart is open and free and we’re connected to our emotions and understand what they’re telling us, new worlds open up for us, including better decision-making and critical thinking, and the powerful experiences of empathy, self-compassion and resilience.”

Are you daring to lead yet?