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Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership (J-B Warren Bennis Series) [Kindle Edition]

George Kohlrieser , Susan Goldsworthy , Duncan Coombe
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


Care to Dare is recommended to those who are interested in developing as leaders, especially in terms of their soft skills. If nothing else, it s worth reading for the fact it dares to champion the increasingly overlooked idea that leaders can be nice people too. (Edge Magazine, 10th July 2012)

A readable compendium of psychological theories of human motivation, inspirational stories and self-development tips. (HR, August 2012)

Offers and innovative and thought provoking interpretation of a well-established theme. (Engineering & Technology Magazine, September 2012)

The book s ideas are clearly expressed and greatly enhanced by numerous examples and anecdotes drawn from the authors experiences. (Times Higher Education Supplement, August 30th 2012)

An unusual take on leadership that works well. (Management Today, October 2012) full of well-presented, readable and useful material (Professional Manager, November 2012)

From the Inside Flap

Care to Dare shows you how you to unleash the astonishing potential of the people around you by building the trust, delivering the change, and inspiring the focus that underpin sustainable high performance. You do so by becoming a “Secure Base Leader” who reduces anxiety and increases healthy risk-taking. Secure Base Leadership works at the personal, team and organizational levels. It is not just a set of skills (the “doing”). It is first and foremost a way of being. You care enough to dare people to reach for their dreams, and in the process, you can return to your very humanity. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 1015 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008847D1O
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Note: Howard Schultz's admonitions provide an appropriate introduction to what follows.

The last tine I checked, Amazon offers 85,860 books on leadership for sale and 26,147 of them focus on business leadership. Why another? I offer two reasons. First, people have their own thoughts and experiences to share and at least a few of them summon the energy and determination as well as the talent required to write a book about them. Also, I think each book should be judged on its own merits. An 11th-century French monk, Bernard of Chartres (not Isaac Newton) was the first to suggest, "We are like dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants." The most prominent authorities on leadership during the last 50 years (such as Warren Bennis, Ron Heifetz, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, Jeffrey Pfeffer, and John Maxwell) once stood atop the shoulders of their own "giants." And so do George Kohlrieser, Susan Goldsworthy, and Duncan Coombe in this book as they explain how aspiring leaders can unleash "astonishing potential through Secure Base Leadership."

They identify nine characteristics that Secure Base Leaders demonstrate each day in their relationships with others. None is a head-snapper, nor do they make any such claim. However, all are essential to effective leadership and the co-authors devote a separate chapter to each. Early in the book, they define some basic terms. "For the purposes of leadership development, we define a secure base as: a person, place, goal or object that provides a sense of protection, safety and caring [begin italics] and [end italics] offers a source of inspiration and energy for daring, exploration, risk taking and seeking challenge." They define Secure Base Leadership as a means by which to provide all that to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jaya
Care to Dare is a must read. Kohlrieser, Goldsworthy and Coombe have distilled through their research, nine characteristics of secure based leadership. They make the case for both, having and being a secure base leader, that's someone who believes in you and encourages you to take risks to achieve your potential. They take the reader through a journey of self-discovery and reflection and make a compelling case for humanizing leadership.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The first book from George Kohlrieser "Hostage at the Table" was part of the welcome package that attendees received at IMD (Lausanne, CH) attending a one weeklong leadership program called "High Performance Leadership" (HPL). Since the author was the teaching Professor, it made sense though I didn't pay much attention to it initially.
In short, the program had great impact on my leadership capabilities, my career and my personal life. The HPL program as well as the book "Hostage at the Table" is based on his teaching principle of Secure Base Leadership.
I was so impressed by the power of Secure Base Leadership and Dr. Kohlrieser as a coach that I decided to attend the second program that Dr. Kohlrieser is offering called "Advanced High Performance Leadership" (AHPL). The experience and learning's from AHPL were exceptional and transformed my live.
During that week at AHPL, I had the opportunity to not only working with George again but in addition to work with Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe who are incredible coaches as well.
When I learned that George, Susan and Duncan released the book "Care to Dare", I could not wait to read it.
The power of the book is linked to the extensive experience George, Susan and Duncan have individually and as a team. The many years of leadership coaching, academic research and hands on experience makes the book very strong.
I have been allowed to interact with the team for days and experienced first hand the impact and power that comes form their teaching principle of Secure Base Leadership. When I read the book, I felt like being back in the room with George, Susan and Duncan.
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This is my first EVER review of anything on Amazon, and definitely the first book review. I have read many books, but none prompted me to actually spend my precious time to write a review. This book is worth it. I have to admit I did not expect it to attract me to read every line. Usually I am skeptical of "self-help"-like books. I am also skeptical of what one can actually do about improving leadership skills. I expected myself to read a few lines from each chapter, skimming it, and call it done.

But I ended up reading EVERY line so far (30% through) and I am anxious to read more. I am actually thinking "omg, this is so true" throughout the reading. This book helped me to pin point exactly why some managers I had were good and some were not. It helped me realize where I was not effective as a leader to my reports and where I was.

Most unexpectedly and a huge bonus is that this book is great for a parent who is eager to figure out how to lead their children to success. I can easily apply the advice to how I should build a relationship with my young sons so that they are set up for success later in life. Personally I struggle with the care and dare balance when it comes to my children and this book enlightened me.

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I finished the book a while ago (read everything, whenever I had free time) and now finally get the time to complete the review. One more thing I would say about this book is that the research behind it was very thorough. The authors are true academics who have the ability to distill the essense from volumes of previous academic works as well as primary research so that readers of this book can stand on the shoulders of giants. I feel that by reading this book, I benefited from all the materials that the authors researched.
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A good read for any leader.
Published 5 months ago by William Edwards
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Published 5 months ago by Jose R. Barros Filho
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly simple and effective!
I had the pleasure of meeting George at a Leadership Summit in Australia where he facilitated a day on Secure Base Leadership, inspiring me to read 'Care to Dare'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patrick Albina
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Published 15 months ago by BruceP
5.0 out of 5 stars Care to Dare: an astonishingly readable book
"Care to Dare" is like the visit of an old friend. Always a pleasure to receive. This is not the usual business book. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ivan Zullo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is New and Different -- Secure Base Leadership
Given both the quality of George's writing and the powerful, yet simple analogies he uses, his insightful ideas about what it takes to be an effective leader have a way of sticking... Read more
Published on March 20, 2013 by Verne C. Harnish
5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant and exceptional advice for Leaders and Managers
This book stands out for its depth, warmth and relevance to today's workplaces. Especially within organisations battered by the 2008 economic crisis, grief, shame and fear sit... Read more
Published on February 3, 2013 by Master Executive Coach
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely great book - has the potential to impact your life
Both "Care to dare" and "Hostage at the table" are really excellent books. They have the rare potential to make a change in your life. To the better. Read more
Published on December 21, 2012 by Jan Lindegaard
4.0 out of 5 stars Some quite useful stuff
This was okay. It did contain some quite useful insights that you can make use of.

It was a bit utopian at times and practical advice was limited. Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by The Emperor
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