Great leaders all over the world unleash astonishing potential within themselves, their people, and their organizations by building the trust, delivering the change, and inspiring the focus that underpin engagement and create conditions for innovation.
You, too, can become a Secure Base Leader in your work and your life. No matter where you work and with whom you work, how little support you feel, how small your budget, or how busy you are, you can learn specific skills and develop a way of being and doing that delivers sustainable results through inspired relationships.
Secure Base Leadership, based on trust, confidence, and challenge, is the best way to liberate yourself, your team, and your organization.
"Care to Dare sends a vital and urgent message to every leader: empathy and attunement are not a waste of time in today′s business climate, but essentials for success. George Kohlrieser makes the business case for kindness as the platform that allows leaders to challenge their followers. And he does so with authority, depth, and verve. Every leader who wants results needs to read this book."
—Daniel Goleman, bestselling author, Emotional Intelligence
"This book will not only help you learn – it will help you act! A book for leaders across all cultures, its message is clear – Care enough to Dare and you will transform teams, organizations and business culture."
—Marshall Goldsmith, author, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and America’s preeminent executive coach (Fast Company magazine)
"I wondered if George Kohlreiser could create a worthy sequel to his masterful Hostage at the Table. Well, he, Susan and Duncan have, and then some! Genius in its simplicity, this book shows us that the Secure Base Leader provides a combination of safety and risk that creates the only possible means to success at innovation. Innovate or die is the seminal characteristic of today′s environment; Care to Dare is the key."
—Tom Peters, co–author, In Search of Excellence
"If you read only one book on leadership, it should be Care to Dare by George Kohlreiser, Susan Goldsworthy and Duncan Coombe. Filled with actionable advice, the book shows leaders how to discover their secure bases in order to sustain their effectiveness and energize their teammates to do so as well."
—Bill George, Harvard Business School, author, True North and former chief executive officer, Medtronic
"Care to Dare ties together the essential and very human elements of leadership into a program you can make work. Read this powerful and very readable book. It will help you see your strengths and weaknesses as a leader and will help you grow as a person."
—John A. Davis, Faculty Chair, Families in Business Program, Harvard Business School
"This is an exceptional book with a message that is critical to the challenge of developing better leaders. In short, being personal and connecting on a human level is the key to what really matters in life and business. George has done a great job of explaining how and why this matters so much if you want to lead others effectively."
—David Rock, cofounder of The NeuroLeadership Institute, and author, Your Brain at Work
Part I 1
1 Your Leadership Opportunity 3
2 Secure Base Leadership in Action 31
Part II 51
3 Build Trust through the Bonding Cycle 53
4 Deliver Change: Embracing Loss through Grief 81
5 Focus: Bringing Forward the Power of the Mind′s Eye 111
6 Achievement: Playing to Win 141
Part III 169
7 Strengthen your own Secure Bases 171
8 Become a Secure Base for Others 197
9 Transform Your Organization into a Secure Base 229
10 Humanize Your Leadership and your Organization 257
About the Research 279