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Care to Dare: Unleashing Astonishing Potential Through Secure Base Leadership Hardcover – July 16, 2012
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Patrick Albina
I have been a fan of George Kohlrieser for years, since I read Hostage at the Table (http://www.amazon. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BruceP
"Care to Dare" is like the visit of an old friend. Always a pleasure to receive. This is not the usual business book. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Ivan Zullo
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 morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Verne C. Harnish
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 morePublished on February 3, 2013 by Master Executive Coach