Leadership Summit 2015: Brene Brown

If you missed the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit this year, no worries I’ve got you covered. I’ll be posting my notes and thoughts from each presenter over the next couple of days.

Dr. Brene Brown, research professor at the University of Houston and best selling author delivered a fantastic talk on the power of rising strong! Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with more than 18 million views!

  • #1 Shame issue for women = body
  • #1 Shame issue for men = appearance of being weak
  • #1 Perpetrator of shame for men = women
  • The Pathway to love, joy etc. = more vulnerability
  • The “Middle Space” = too far in to turn around but you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel yet.
  • What you do in the middle space matters.
  • No matter how many times you lead through the middle space in your journey it’s always difficult and lonely.

The Reckoning:

  • I’ve never met a great leader who wasn’t comfortable with discomfort.
  • Great leaders have absolute emotional awareness about themselves and others around them.
  • We are emotional beings that sometimes think.
  • Emotion drives behavior.

The Rumble:

  • Do you celebrate the truth in your culture?
  • Leaders rumble with what’s true & hard.
  • As leaders you can choose comfort or courage, but you can’t choose both.

The Revolution:

  • Courage is uncomfortable, that’s why it’s rare.
  • The bravest among us will always be the most broken hearted because they had the courage to love.
  • If you are brave enough, often enough, you will fail.
  • Are you willing to know heartbreak because you know how to bet back up?

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