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Top 30 Brené BROWN quotes for leaders

Inspiring words from 5 times #1 New York Times bestseller author

“Cynicism and sarcasm are first cousins who hang out in the cheap seats.” – Dare to Lead

“We love seeing raw truth and openness in other people, but we’re afraid to let them see it in us.” – Daring Greatly

“It is human nature to want to feel worthy of love and belonging.” – Daring Greatly

“If you’re going to dare greatly, you’re going to get your ass kicked at some point.” – Dare to Lead

“Studying leadership is way easier than leading.” – Dare to Lead


“I want to live in a world with braver, bolder leaders.” – Dare to Lead

“Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.” – Dare to Lead

““Integrity is choosing courage over comfort.” Rising Strong

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.” – Dare to Lead

“Courage and fear are not mutually exclusive.” – Dare to Lead

“‘Lame’ (is) a word we’ve banned in our house, along with ‘loser’ and ‘stupid’.” – Daring Greatly

“Self-awareness and self-love matter. Who we are is how we lead.” – Dare to Lead

“The true underlying obstacle to brave leadership is how we respond to our fear.” – Dare to Lead

“I understand how grandiosity, entitlement, and admiration-seeking feel like just the right balm to soothe the ache of being too ordinary and inadequate.” – Daring Greatly

“Stay in your own lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.” – Rising Strong

“I know how seductive it is to use the celebrity culture yardstick to measure the smallness of our lives.”- Daring Greatly

“You can’t fully grow and contribute behind armour.” – Dare to Lead

“If you are not in the arena getting your ass kicked on occasion, I’m not interested in or open to your feedback.” – Dare to Lead

“Trust is earned in the smallest moments.” – Dare to Lead

“There is absolutely no innovation without failure.” – Dare to Lead

“Just because someone isn’t willing or able to love us, it doesn’t mean that we are unlovable.”  - Rising Strong

“I’m a cusser (likes swearing) from a long line of matriarchal cussers. I’m super comfortable with that.” – Dare to Lead

“Self-compassion is an easy list to write, and a hard list to live.” – Dare to Lead

“I wish doing the right thing was the easy thing, but it rarely is.” – Dare to Lead

“I know my life is better when I work from the assumption that everyone is doing the best they can.” – Dare to Lead

“Anger, blame and avoidance are the ego’s bouncers.” – Dare to Lead

“When we find ourselves zigzagging – hiding out, pretending, avoiding, procrastinating, rationalising, blaming, lying – we need to remind ourselves that running is a huge energy suck and probably way outside our values.” – Dare to Lead

“We love the truth because it’s increasingly rare.”- Dare to Lead

“...sometimes when we are beating ourselves up, we need to stop and say to that harassing voice inside, ‘Man, I'm doing the very best I can right now.’ ” – Rising Strong

“Cynicism and sarcasm are bad in person, and even worse when they travel through email and text.” – Dare to Lead


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