GLS2013 Session 5 – Brené Brown – Daring greatly


In this session Brené Brown highlights the three irreducible needs of human beings and then takes us through each one in more detail.  Her assertion is that without opportunities to be loved, to belong and to be brave there is always suffering.  While this may sound a little distant from the world of a leader, Brené helps us to consider what this might mean for the organisations of which we are a part.

Key insights

The final quotation from Theodore Roosevelt:

“It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust, and sweat, and blood. Who strives valiantly, but comes up short again and again. Who in the end knows the triumph of high achievement and who when he fails does so daring greatly.”


The irreducible needs of people:

  • To be loved
  • To belong
  • To be brave


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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