Care to Dare : Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership, Hardback Book

Care to Dare : Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership Hardback

Part of the J-B Warren Bennis Series series

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Have you ever been led by someone who cared for you like family, and dared you to achieve more than you ever thought possible for yourself, your organization, and even society?

Award-winning author of Hostage at the Table, George Kohlrieser, along with his co-authors Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe, explain how becoming a secure base leader releases extraordinary potential in others.

Part of the Warren Bennis leadership series Care to Dare shows you how to become a Secure Base Leader so that you release your followers from the fears that get in the way of their performance.

It shows you how you can unleash astonishing potential by building the trust, delivering the change, and inspiring the focus that underpins sustainable high performance.

From extensive interviews with executives from all over the world, as well as from surveys with more than a thousand executives, the book reveals the nine characteristics that Secure Base Leaders display on a daily basis.

The research shows that a primary difference between a successful leader and a failed leader is the presence or absence of secure bases in his or her life. Care to Dare will take you on a journey where you will discover your own secure bases, past and present, and determine how you can be a secure base for other people in your life at work and at home.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
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  • Category: Management: leadership & motivation
  • ISBN: 9781119961574

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Like most professional people, I suppose, I have experienced good bosses and bad bosses, and have myself been a leader with varying degrees of success. So I approached this book looking for insights into what makes the difference between a good leader and an indifferent one, looking for tips about how I might challenge the people who manage me to do a better (more caring, perhaps?) job, and wondering if it will help me in turn to meet the expectations and needs of the people who look to me for guidance.What I found is that the book is very readable, and it is organised in a very usable way. Each chapter has a “key learning” section that lets you review the key points of the material just presented, and the “ask yourself” sections encourage you to reflect on which elements might be applicable to your current situation & challenges. The frequent use of real life anecdotes and examples to bring the points home adds welcome colour and depth to the material – as well as supplying repeatable tales to use yourself(!).All together I found this book readable, instructive and thought-provoking. One of the better inspirational books on the market.

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